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Name: WORTHINGTON, Edgar Barton CBE (Dr.)
Birth Date: 13 Jan 1905 Kensington
Death Date: 14 Dec 2001 Uckfield
First Date: 1930
Profession: Zoologist; 1st Rudolf Expedition. Leader of 1930 Cambridge exped to Great Lakes
Area: Muguga, Limuru
Married: 1. In Ealing 23 Aug 1930 Stella Desmond Johnson b. 31 Dec 1905, d. 16 Nov 1978 Uckfield- committed suicide? 2. 1980 Harriett Stockton
Children: Shelagh Barton (1933); Grizelda (1935); Martha (1939)
Author: Diaries and papers in Bodleian Library, Oxzford
Book Reference: Hut, Bodleian Library
School: Rugby; Gonville & Caius Cambridge
Mainly worked on fish in East Africa
Bodleian Library Edgar Barton Worthington, son of Edgar and Amy Worthington, was born on 13 January 1905, and educated at Rugby School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he took a First in Zoology. Two months later he was in Africa conducting research on the fisheries of the Victoria Nyanza. In 1930 he married Stella Desmond Johnson, who shared his research interests and was a member of his early expeditions. Jointly they published in 1933 a book entitled Inland Waters of Africa. Their three daughters all followed in their parents' scientific footsteps, after receiving most of their education in Kenya.
From 1930-1933 Worthington was Balfour Student at Cambridge and, from 1933-1937, Demonstrator in Zoology. He was leader of the 1930 Cambridge expedition to the East African Lakes, and was later Scientist to Lord Hailey’s African Research Survey, 1934-1937. Appointed Director of Laboratories and Secretary of the Freshwater Biological Association, Wray Castle, Ambleside in 1937 (a post he held until 1946) it was not long before he returned to Africa and also visited the Middle East to carry out a war-time survey of scientific resources.
After the war he spent nine years in East Africa and the Belgian Congo: in 1946 he prepared a Development Plan for Uganda, and was appointed Scientific Secretary to the Colonial Research Council (1946-1949), "with the object of assessing the part which research could and should play in connection with colonial developments in his part of the world, and generally keeping contacts going between scientists in East Africa and the Colonial Office etc." (letter from Worthington to Sir Herbert Howard, 24 January 1947). He was also Scientific Secretary to the East African High Commission (1950-1951).
A new appointment, as Secretary-General to the Scientific Council for Africa South of the Sahara, followed in 1951; this post he held until the Council merged with the Commission for Technical Co-operation in Africa South of the Sahara in January 1955. The new Joint Secretariat sponsored the writing during 1955-1956 of his book Science in the Development of Africa (1958).
In 1957, being convinced that future human needs depended on the conservation of natural resources, he accepted the post of Deputy Director-General (Scientific) Nature Conservancy; this he held until 1965, while his wife ran their farm in Sussex. In 1967 he was awarded the CBE.
After working as Scientific Director of the International Biological Programme from 1964-1974, he was President of the Committee on Water Resources until 1977. Having retired, he was still member of various organisations (for example the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council), and became Member of Honour of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in 1978.
Two years after the death of his first wife, he married Harriett Stockton in 1980, and he died on 14 December 2001.
Gazette 7 June 1985 1st wife's probate
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