Alexander MAC LEAY

Classe di Scienze fisiche, matematiche e naturali
Entomologo e uomo politico

Socio corrispondente dal 07/01/1818
Nato a Ross-shire (Scozia) il 24/06/1767
Deceduto a Sydney, New South Wales (Australia) il 18/07/1848

Cenni biografici

Classical education and journeyed to London where he became a partner with William Sharp as a wine merchant. In 1795 became chief clerk in the prisoners of war office. Elected as a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1794 and served as its Secretary in 1798 until 1825. In 1809 became a Fellow of the Royal Society and joined its council in 1824. Director of British Fisheries Society. Had the most extensive collection of insects and became a noted scientist.

Sailed for Sydney and arrived in January 1826 to become Colonial Secretary of New South Wales. In March he was made a Magistrate. Became President of the Australian Museum, the Benevolent Society and the Sydney Dispensary, and vice patron of the Agricultural Society. Gave active support to the Sydney Botanic Gardens. His scientific collection, augmented by his sons and nephew was transferred to the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney in 1890. 

 

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