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Authorised form of nameRothschild; Dame; Miriam Louisa (1908 - 2005)
Dates1908 - 2005
NationalityBritish
Place of birthPolebrook, Northamptonshire
Date of birth05/08/1908
Place of deathAshton Wold, Northamptonshire
Date of death20/01/2005
OccupationZoologist; Writer; Gardener; Farmer; Campaigner; Parasitologist
Research fieldEntomology
Small animals
Botany
ActivityEducation:
At home; evening class in zoology, Chelsea Polytechnic
Career:
Studied the mollusc Nucula and its trematode parasites at Marine Biological Station, Plymouth (1930s); editor of 'Novitates Zoologica', Tring Museum journal (1938-1941); spent some time at Bletchley Park during WW2; worked on rabbit flea; published 'Fleas, Flukes and Cuckoos' (1952) with Theresa Clay; published 'Catalogue of the Rothschild Collection of Fleas in the British Museum', volumes I to IV (1953-1983); served on Government advisory committee on myxomatosis (1954); consulted by The Prince of Wales and helped to sow wild flower meadow at Highgrove; wrote 'The Butterfly Gardener' (1983) with Clive Farrell; Oxford University Romanes Lecture, "Animals and Man" (1985); Trustee, Natural History Museum (1967-1975); member of Entomological Club; awarded Medals by Royal Horticultural Society, gold medal (1951), A J Waley Medal and Victoria Medal of Honour; Linnean Society Bloomer Award; Lynn Society's Floral Medal; Royal Entomological Society's Wigglesworth Gold Medal; opened National Dragonfly Museum in old mill on her Ashton Wold estate (1996); created Schizophrenia Research Trust
Honours:
CBE 1982; DBE 2000
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election21/03/1985
Age at election76
RelationshipsDaughter of Nathaniel Charles Rothschild, younger son of 1st Lord Rothschild and Rozsika von Wertheimstein; sister of Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild (FRS 1953); niece of Lionel Walter Rothschild (FRS 1911); married (1943) Captain George Lane MC, marriage dissolved (1957).
SourcesObituaries:
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 2006 vol 52 pp 315-330, plate, by Helmut F van Emden and Sir John Gurdon
Obituaries in Telegraph (24 January 2005); Independent (24 January 2005)

Sources:
Mariana Cook 'Faces of Science' 2005 Photograph and her account of how she becme a scientist in her own words
Royal Society codeNA193
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
S/0053Sculpture bust of Rothschild, Miriam2003
S/0052Sculpture bust of Rothschild, Miriam2013
EC/1985/33Rothschild, Dame Miriam Louisa: certificate of election to the Royal Society1982
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