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Chronological events in Miriam Rothschild's life

Here is a selection of some of the more significant events in Miriam Rothschild's life:

  • 1908 5 August: Miriam Louisa Rothschild born
  • 1914 Spent the summer in Hungary at the home of her mother’s family.
  • 1928 Began to study at Chelsea Polytechnic (to 1933)
  • 1938 Took over editorship of Novitates Zoologicae (until 1941) the Tring Museum Journal founded by her uncle Walter
  • 1940 Worked for the Foreign Office during the war
  • 1943 Married George Lane
  • 1962 Founded the Schizophrenia Research Fund
  • 1967 Appointed a trustee of the Natural History Museum, serving until 1975
  • 1968 Received Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oxford
  • 1978 Hosted the world’s first International Flea Conference at her home in Northamptonshire.
  • 1982 Appointed CBE
  • 1983 Received Honorary Doctorate from the University of Gothenburg
  • 1984 Received Honorary Doctorate from the University of Hull
  • 1985 Delivered the Oxford University Romanes Lecture on “Animals and Man”
  • 1985 Elected to the Royal Society
  • 1986 Received Honorary Doctorate from Northwestern University
  • 1986 4 November: Delivered address at the inaugural John Foster Memorial Lecture
  • 1987 Received Honorary Doctorate from the University of Leicester
  • 1989 Received Honorary Doctorate from the Open University
  • 1989 Awarded medal from the International Society of Chemical Ecology
  • 1991 Awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour by the RHS
  • 1993 Mendel Award, Czech Scientific Academy
  • 1995 Donated Windsor Cave, Jamaica to the World Wildlife Fund (UK)
  • 1995 Helped to secure funding for the extension to Magdalen Hill, Butterfly Conservation’s reserve in Hampshire
  • 1996 Opened the National Dragonfly Museum at Ashton Wold
  • 1999 Received Honorary Doctorate at the University of Sussex
  • 1999 Received Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cambridge
  • 2000 Appointed DBE
  • 2001 Received Lifetime Achievement Award ‘for love of Lepidoptera and dedication to nature conservation and research on British butterflies’ by the Butterfly Conservation charity
  • 2005 20 January: Died at home, Ashton Wold


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