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Shyamal L.
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The Indian founders of the BNHS have never been given enough attention - and it would appear that there was trouble among the Indians during this founding phase. The issues probably revolved around (later Dr) Rukhmabai, the step-daughter of Sakharam Arjun, and her court-case which caused a major social upheaval. The lack of obituaries in the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society on both the Indian founders is suggestive of an ideology clash with Lt-Col. K.R. Kirtikar, the only other Indian member who could have written their obituaries! (Reading between the lines while sprucing up entries on them in the English Wikipedia - Inviting comments from those with access to better sources at the BNHS)

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Entomology, pollination biology, the genetics of life-history traits - just a few amateur studies by Miss Maude Cleghorn of Calcutta!

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Crowdsourcing in the 1800s

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A few stories behind marks on the rocks.

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