Authorised form of nameSpencer; Sir; Walter Baldwin (1860 - 1929)
Dates1860 - 1929
Place of birthStretford, Lancashire, England
Date of birth23 June 1860
Place of deathHoste Island, off Tierra del Fuego
Date of death14/07/1929
Dates and placesBurial:
Research fieldBiology
Owens College, Manchester; Exeter College, Oxford. BA (1884); MA (Melbourne)
Fellow, Lincoln College, Oxford (1886); Professor of Biology, University of Melbourne (1887-1919); began to study Aborigines of Central Australia whilst on expedition (1894); President, Professorial Board (1904-1911); Chief Protector of Aborigines (1912); resigned his Chair and was made Emeritus Professor (1919); went to Tierra del Fuego to investigate Indians at Ushuana, where he became ill and died (1929)
CMG 1904; KCMG 1916
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election14/06/1900
RelationshipsSon of Reuben Spencer; married (1887) Mary Bowman; two daughters
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; AE
Proc Roy Soc Series B 1930 vol 106 pp vi-x, plate, by Grafton Elliot Smith
R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 2. After 1847' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 47-84
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA5918
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
NLB/18/12Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Professor E Ray Lankester, Fellow of the Royal Society22 December 1898
NLB/21/196Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Professor William Baldwin Spencer, Fellow of the Royal Society, The University, Melbourne, Victoria25 September 1900
NLB/58/184Copy letter from Edwin Deller, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir [Walter] Baldwin Spencer, FRS23 March 1920
NLB/53/247Copy letter from [Robert William Frederick Harrison], Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to unknown correspondent09 June 1916
NLB/57/28Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir W [Walter] Baldwin Spencer, FRS4 July 1919
NLB/63/58Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society and FRS; to Dr. Vernon Kellogg, Secretary, National Research Council, 1701, Massachusetts Avenue, Washington D.C., USA16 June 1922
NLB/68/619Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Edwin Stephen] Goodrich, FRS24 September 1925
CD/5/4Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society, to Professor [Wilfred Eade] Agar, Professor [William Blaxland] Benham, Sir [Tannatt William] Edgeworth David, and Sir [Walter] Baldwin Spencer16 June 1922
EC/1900/14Spencer, Sir Walter Baldwin: certificate of election to the Royal Society
PP/8/36Paper, 'On the presence and structure of Leydig's "frontal organ" in Lacertilia' by W [Walter] Baldwin Spencer1886
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