Wilson, Alexander


Wilson, Alexander
(6 jul. 1766, Paisley, Renfrew, Escocia–23 ago. 1813, Filadelfia, Pa., EE.UU.).

Ornitólogo estadounidense de origen escocés. En su país natal escribió poesía mientras trabajaba como tejedor y buhonero; en 1792 sus obras satíricas le significaron una multa y la cárcel. Empobrecido, emigró a EE.UU. en 1794, donde llegó a ser maestro de escuela. Influenciado por William Bartram, decidió 1804 escribir sobre aves norteamericanas, y comenzó a estudiar arte y ornitología en su tiempo libre. Su obra pionera American Ornithology (9 vol., 1808–14) lo consagró como un fundador de esa disciplina. Después de la publicación de su primer volumen, dedicó gran parte de su tiempo a vender suscripciones de su costosa obra y a coleccionar especímenes para los volúmenes restantes.

Alexander Wilson, detalle de un grabado de W.H. Lizars.
BBC Hulton Picture Library

Enciclopedia Universal. 2012.

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  • Wilson, Alexander — born July 6, 1766, Paisley, Renfrew, Scot. died Aug. 23, 1813, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. Scottish born U.S. ornithologist. In Scotland he wrote poetry while working as a weaver and peddler; in 1792 his satiric works led to a fine and imprisonment.… …   Universalium

  • WILSON, ALEXANDER —    ornithologist, born at Paisley; son of a weaver, bred to the loom; began his literary career as a poet; imprisoned for a lampoon on a Paisley notability, went on his release to America unfriended, with only his fowling piece in his hand, and a …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Wilson, Alexander — (1766 1813)    Poet and ornithologist, b. at Paisley, where he worked as a weaver, afterwards becoming a pedlar. He pub. some poems, of which the best is Watty and Maggie, and in 1794 went to America, where he worked as a pedlar and teacher. His… …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

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