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Bates, H. E.

Bates, H. E. (Herbert Ernest Bates), 1905–74, English author, b. Rushden, Northamptonshire. During World War II he served with the Royal Air Force. A good storyteller, Bates had the ability to render the sense of a particular place and time and was noted for his descriptions of the English countryside. Among his many novels are Fair Stood the Wind for France (1944), The Jacaranda Tree (1949), and The Triple Echo (1970).


See his autobiography (3 vol., 1969, 1971, 1971).

Bates, Henry Walter

Bates, Henry Walter, 1825–92, English naturalist and explorer. In 1848 he went with A. R. Wallace to Brazil, where he explored the upper Amazon, returning in 1859 with some 8,000 new zoological species. He was the first to state a plausible theory of mimicry. His great work was The Naturalist on the River Amazon (1863). From 1864, Bates was assistant secretary of the Royal Geographical Society.
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