Edward Max Nicholson, born on 12th July 1904 in Ireland and known to all simply as Max, died on 26th April 2003. One of the most influential conservationists of the twentieth century, Max was an exceptional ornithologist too. He founded the BTO in 1933, and took on the role of its Honorary Secretary from 1935 to 1939, and that of Chairman in 1947-49. He was Director General of the Nature Conservan

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