George Watson, PhD

Title: Ornithological Consultant
Location: Washington, DC, United States

George Watson, PhD, Ornithological Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ornithology.

Braced with more than 55 years of professional experience, Dr. Watson has been an ornithological consultant since 1985. Prior to obtaining his current role, he held a number of positions with the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History, from 1966 to 1985. These roles include serving as an associate curator from 1964 to 1965 and as an assistant curator from 1962 to 1964. A respected voice in his areas of interest, he has authored a number of books in the field, including “Birds of the Tropical Atlantic Ocean” and “Birds of the Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic.” He was also the co-author of “Birds of the World, Volume 11,” “Preliminary Field Guide to the Birds of the Indian Ocean,” and “Antarctic Map Folio 14, Birds of the Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic.” He has contributed articles to Encyclopedia Americana and Encyclopedia Britannica.

Dr. Watson first pursued an education with Yale University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1953. He subsequently completed postgraduate coursework with the American School of Classical Studies from 1953 to 1954 and 1958 to 1960. He then joined Yale University, receiving a Master of Science in 1961. He continued his studies with the school, earning a PhD in 1964.

As an active member of his community, Dr. Watson has been affiliated with a number of professional organizations. A fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he is a member of the Wilson Ornithology Society, the British Ornithology Union, and Deutsche Ornithologen Gesellschaft. He has also been active with the Washington Biologists Field Club, the Cosmos Club, the National Geographic Society, and the American Ornithological Society.

Throughout his career, Dr. Watson has been recognized for his contributions. He is a grantee of the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Army Research Office. He has been featured in numerous honors publications, including multiple editions of Who’s Who in the East. He credits much of his success to his mentor, Dylan Ripley, who encouraged him to study ornithology in Greece and helped inspire him to travel to many nations around the world for his studies.

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