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John Kirk Townsend

Author Code: AJKT

Born: Aug. 10, 1809 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia, USA

Died: Feb. 16, 1851 - Washington D.C., USA

Educated at the Friend's Boarding School in Philadelphia, Townsend developed an avid interest in ornithology and nature. In 1833, he became a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the American Philosophical Society. In 1834, he was invited by the botanist Thomas Nuttall to join Nathaniel Wyeth's Rocky Mountain expedition as an ornithologist. During the expedition, Townsend discovered numerous new species of birds and animals, many of which were named after him. After the expedition reached the Pacific coast, he remained in Oregon to continue his nature studies. In 1836, he traveled to Hawaii and arrived back in Philadelphia via Cape Horn in 1837. He brought back over 90 bird specimens which he sold to James Audubon who included them in his Birds of America. During 1839-40, Townsend published his journals of the Wyeth expedition and was thereafter hired as a curator for the Academy of Natural Science and the National Institute for the Promotion of Science, in Washington, D.C. In 1851, he succumbed to arsenic poisoning which he had been exposed to from a bird preservation powder that he had developed. His works include Vocabularies of Some of the Indian Tribes of Northwestern America (1835) and Narrative of a Journey Across the Rocky Mountains.... (1839).

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