Lord Cranbrook

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Lord Cranbrook’s PhD concerned the biology of cave swiftlets – the Southeast Asian birds that build edible nests – and, from 1956, his first professional posts were at institutions in that region, in Sarawak, in Indonesia and at the University of Malaya. From this start, his research interests have focussed on the taxonomy and ecology of Southeast Asian mammals and birds, and zooarchaeological study of vertebrate remains from local excavations. Returning to Britain in 1970, he has subsequently held a mix of part-time positions in the voluntary, public and private sectors, including service as an elected Parish and District Councillor, a member of the Natural Environment Research Council, the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, trustee of the British Museum (Natural History), chairman of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, environmental adviser to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and policy roles in the water and waste management industries. In 1978, on the death of his father, he succeeded to a seat in the House of Lords, becoming the sixth generation of his family in a direct line to sit in the UK Parliament. In this position, he concentrated on the interface of environment and politics, serving on select committees for science & technology, and European environmental issues (three times chairing the environment subcommittee), until excluded by the 1999 Act. In 1985, he led the first large appeal for funds by ITZN, and from 2001 – 2008 he served as chairman of the Trust. His publications include many scientific papers on South-east Asia and regional zoology and zooarchaeology, and a dozen books (several co-authored)

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