John Clegg Scientific Letters

Scope and Content

Letters to John Clegg from staff in Natural History Museum, regarding freshwater science, including freshwater medusae

Administrative / Biographical History

John Clegg (1909-1998) was born in Ormskirk in Lancashire 7th April 1909. In the second world war he became a squadron leader, eventually in command of a photographic service experience in Ceylon and Singapore.

In 1949 he was Curator of Haslemere Educational Museum, until 1962, when he was Education Officer for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds at Sandy in Buckinghamshire

He was asked to be consultant to Frederick Warne [Publishers] LTD, later Penguin Books

After retirement he lived and worked for the Freshwater Biological Association in Windermere Cumbria, then going to live at Grange Over Sands

Awards granted include the 1996 Peter Scott Memorial Award by the Council of the British Naturalists' Association in recognition to contributions to natural history and conservation.

Published works include

  • Freshwater Life [Warne], 1952, 4ed 1974
  • Observer's Book of pond life [Warne] 5ed 1992
  • Ponds and Streams [Crowood Press] 1985
  • Pond and Stream life [Blandford Press] 3ed 1973
  • Your Book of Freshwater Life [Faber and Faber] 1968

Obituary taken from Quekett Journal of Microscopy 1998, 38, p.163

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