Ornithologist, entomologist and traveller. Founder member of the ornithological magazine Ibis. Friend of Osbert Salvin, with whom he undertook an exploration of Guatemala in 1861. Studied the fauna of the Azores, 1865–70. Continued the editorial supervision of the sixty-three-volume Biologia Centrali-Americana (Godman and Salvin eds. 1879–1915) after Salvin's death in 1898. Trustee of the British Museum, 1897–1919. FRS 1882.
Sources: Alum. Cantab. Godman, F. DuC. and Salvin, Osbert 1879–1915 1: 4–12
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