Robert McCredie May, Baron May of Oxford(1936-2020), Zoologist, ecologist and scientific adviser
Sitter in 3 portraits
Robert May held a Professorship in the Department of Zoology jointly at Oxford University and Imperial College, London. Australian-born, he was Chief Scientific Adviser to the British Government, Head of the UK Office of Science and Technology (1995-2000) and President of the Royal Society (2000-2005). His work as a research scientist dealt with factors influencing the abundance of plant and animal species and with the rates, causes and consequences of extinction. He was knighted in 1996 and made a peer in 2001.
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