Erwin Stresemann
Erwin Stresemann was a German
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 and ornithologist.

Stresemann was one of the outstanding ornithologists of the 20th century. From 1921 onwards he was in charge of the bird
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 department of the Berlin Zoological Museum, and encouraged a number of young German scientists, including Ernst Mayr
Ernst Mayr
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 and Bernhard Rensch
Bernhard Rensch
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Stresemann was the long-standing editor of the Journal für Ornithologie. His major publication was the volume Aves (1927–1934) in the German Handbook of Zoology. He also wrote Entwicklung der Ornithologie (1951), a review of the development of ornithology from Aristotle
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to the present, translated into English in 1975.

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