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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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OR AT LEAST IT WAS so to most previous romanticizing biographers of Gilbert White. In 2003, Ted Dadswell opted for fuller reconsideration within the title of his book, The Selborne Pioneer: Gilbert White as Naturalist and Scientist--A Re-Examination.
Sometimes I think that Gilbert White is strolling just behind me on the sandy country road.
This is the first US edition of nature writer Mabey's biography of his eighteenth-century predecessor Gilbert White, whose The Natural History of Selborne remains a principle text in British environmental literature.
He is not only the most distinguished wood-engraver of the nineteenth century and an important naturalist but also an irresistibly fascinating personality who--like contemporaries such as Wordsworth, Gilbert White, and John Clare--reminds us through his books of the world that once existed before the tidal wave of industrialism, urbanization, and globalism swept away all before them.
Within five minutes' drive are the former houses of naturalist Gilbert White and novelist Jane Austen.
LITERARY--Eighteenth-century naturalist Gilbert White's tortoise tells her tale.
White had been in the bookmaking business since the age of 18, and took over the family firm of Gilbert White Ltd when he was 30.
The naturalist, Gilbert White of Selbourne, was one of the first Englishmen to keep a pet tortoise, or at least one of the first to record his observations of it.
From Charles Darwin and Gilbert White to Rachel Carson, and Gary Snyder nature writers approach their own work from an interdisciplinary perspective and thus require critics, and students alike, to be knowledgeable about a number of different fields.
Gilbert White, of the Coventry branch of the Foresters, was helping to run a stall which has been at the event since the early 1970s.
Gilbert White as Naturalist and Scientist, a Re-Examination by Ted Dadswell (Ashgate, 50 [pounds sterling]) presents a reassessment of the innovative 18th-century naturalist.
The "Selborne Project" takes its inspiration from the 18th-century naturalist Gilbert White. An Oxford-educated minister, White had taken to studying the natural history of his tiny English town.