Charles Rothschild(1877-1923), Banker and entomologist
Nathaniel Charles Rothschild
Sitter in 2 portraits
After Cambridge Rothschild entered the family bank, N.M. Rothschild. But his abiding interest was in natural history. He became the foremost authority on the subject of fleas, publishing about 150 papers and describing over 500 new species, and in 1901 discovered the flea that spread the Black Death in Europe. Rothschild was also passionately concerned with nature protection. In May 1912 he formed the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves, paying for the purchase of several sites, and in 1915 submitted the details of 280 sites across the British Isles to government. This 'Rothschild list' was a milestone in nature conservancy and well over half the sites he identified remain nature reserves.
- Alfred Charles de Rothschild (uncle)
- Leopold de Rothschild (uncle)
- Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (grandfather)
- Victoria Katherine Gray (née Rothschild) (granddaughter)
- Nathaniel Mayer ('Natty') de Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild (father)
- Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild (brother)
- (Nathaniel Mayer) Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild (son)
- Nathaniel Charles Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild (grandson)
- Amschel Mayor James Rothschild (grandson)
- Marie Rothschild (née Perugia) (aunt)
- Dame Miriam Louisa Rothschild (daughter)
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