Gilbert White


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White, Gilbert,

1720–93, English naturalist. He served as curate at Selborne and nearby parishes from 1751. He recorded his detailed observations of nature in letters to other naturalists, and on these he based The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789), a classic in scientific writing noted for its highly literary style.

White, Gilbert (Fowler)

(1911–  ) geographer, educator; born in Chicago. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he researched flood problems for President Franklin Roosevelt's administration (1934–42). As a conscientious objector, he served during World War II with the Friends Service Society. He was president of Haverford College (1946–55) and then went on to teach geography at the University of Chicago (1955–69). He left there (1970) to direct the Institute of Behavioral Science (Boulder, Colo.), where he concentrated on exploring behavioral responses to potential natural hazards like floods and fires. Among his numerous published works are Human Adjustment to Floods (1942), Science and the Future of Arid Lands (1960), and Strategies of American Water Management (1969).
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The final chapter of this massive study opens with a quotation from a work by the English antiquary Gilbert White who, in 1789, noted in speaking of Nature "that that district produces the greatest variety which is the most examined" (p.
In the late eighteenth century, for example, an English country parson, Gilbert White, made a record of what in his village of Selbourne he feared might be lost to industrial civilization.
And Martin Hughes-Games visits the Hampshire parish of Selborne to discover how 18th century vicar Gilbert White became the very first Springwatcher.
This prestigious award is presented in honor of Jim Goddard and Gilbert White, pioneers in the science and art of floodplain management.