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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 166, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, IX$
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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264751

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264751.001.0001

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Laurence Ernest Rowland Picken 1909–2007

Laurence Ernest Rowland Picken 1909–2007

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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 166, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, IX

Richard Widdess

British Academy

Laurence Picken contributed to both the sciences and the humanities, and had in particular pioneered a radical transformation in musical perspectives. His work in zoology brought national and international recognition with the award of the Sc.D. in 1952, Fellowship of the Institute of Biology, a Walker-Ames Visiting Professorship at the University of Washington in 1959, and the Linnean Society's Trail Medal in 1960. The Organization of Cells and Other Organisms was the crowning achievement of a long and distinguished career in the natural sciences. Alongside the zoological research and teaching, Picken developed a parallel career as a musicologist, issuing a series of studies on Chinese and other musics that were quite as original and, for their time, definitive, as his scientific publications.

Keywords:   musicology, zoology, biography, obituary

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