John Gould
John Gould

John Gould

John Gould FRS was an English ornithologist and bird artist.

Born: September 14, 1804, Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
Died: February 3, 1881, London, United Kingdom
Books: John Gould's Hummingbirds, The Birds of Australia, More

John Gould FRS (14 September 1804 – 3 February 1881) was an English ornithologist and bird artist. He published a number of monographs on birds, illustrated by plates that he produced with the assistance of his wife, Elizabeth Gould, and several other artists including Edward Lear, Henry Constantine Richter, Joseph Wolf and William Matthew Hart. He has been considered the father of bird study in Australia and the Gould League in Australia is named after him. His identification of the birds now nicknamed "Darwin's finches" played a role in the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Gould's work is referenced in Charles Darwin's book, On the Origin of Species. He is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London.