George Humphreys, who died in Sandymount, Dublin, on 10th April 1980, in his 94th year, was one of the central figures in Irish ornithology for more than half the present century. Between the first decade of the century and the mid 1950s, when the modern upsurge of interest in ornithology started in Ireland, he made a crucial contribution to our knowledge of Irish bird distribution. In papers, not

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