Obituary: Edward Adrian Wilson. An Appreciation

Published on 01 March 1913 in Obituaries

I FIRST met Dr. Edward A. Wilson on board the ” Discovery ” on his return from the Antarctic Regions in 1904, and the second time at the International Ornithological Congress in London in 1905, when he and I were both communicating ornithological results respectively of the ” Discovery ” and of the ” Scotia.” Since that time I was in close touch with him, and on several occasions he visited the ” Scotia ” collections in the Scottish Oceanographieal Laboratory and in the Royal Scottish Museum. Although our meetings were not very numerous, yet as fellow workers in the Polar Regions we were drawn together more closely perhaps than many others who had known each other longer and seen each other more frequently. We could both appreciate better than anybody else what it means to be cut off from civilization for long periods, to be huddled together in close quarters in a ship, or in a house ashore for months–even years– or in a tent, without seeing anything of the outside world, and we had both learned to give and take in a way that would astonish many at home. We could thus appreciate difficulties that the other had in attaining scientific results which he had secured, knowing full well that if certain results were not attained that it was due to some insuperable difficulty which no layman could fully understand. It was this tie of Polar brotherhood that drew Wilson and myself together. He was born in 1872,

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