Norman Boyd Kinnear
Sir Norman Boyd Kinnear (11 August 1882 - 11 August 1957) was a Scottish
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the...

 zoologist and ornithologist.

Kinnear was the son of the wealthy Edinburgh
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, the second largest city in Scotland, and the eighth most populous in the United Kingdom. The City of Edinburgh Council governs one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas. The council area includes urban Edinburgh and a rural area...

 architect Charles George Hood Kinnear and came from the same banking family (see Thomas Kinnear & Company) as Sir William Jardine.

While studying at Trinity College, Glenalmond, he worked as a voluntary assistant at the Royal Scottish Museum from 1905 to 1907. After a recommendation by William Eagle Clarke
William Eagle Clarke
Dr William Eagle Clarke I.S.O LL.D. was a British ornithologist.Clarke was born in Leeds where his father William Clarke was a solicitor and educated at the Grammar School and at Yorkshire College, Leeds where he studied under Professor L C Miall. He was originally a civil engineer and surveyor,...

, he was Curator of the museum of the Bombay Natural History Society
Bombay Natural History Society
The Bombay Natural History Society, founded on 15 September 1883, is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in India engaged in conservation and biodiversity research. It supports many research efforts through grants, and publishes the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. Many...

 from November 1907 to 1919, as well as assistant editor of the Bombay Natural History Society Journal. In 1913 he married Gwendolen Beatrice Millard, whose family lived in India and was closely involved with the BNHS. (Walter Samuel Millard
Walter Samuel Millard
Walter Samuel Millard was a British entrepreneur and naturalist who was honorary secretary of the Bombay Natural History Society and editor of the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society from 1906 to 1920, co-author of the classic, Some Beautiful Indian Trees, and the driving force behind...

) In 1920 he became an assistant in the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
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, becoming Keeper of Zoology in 1945, and Director of the Museum in August 1947. He retired on 30 April 1950 and was knighted in June of that year.

Kinnear was editor of the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club
Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club
The Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club is an ornithological journal published by the British Ornithologists' Club . It is cited as Bull. B. O. C.Many descriptions of birds new to science have been published in the bulletin....

 from 1925 to 1930 and president of the British Ornithologists' Union
British Ornithologists' Union
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 from 1943 to 1948. He also served on the Councils of the National Trust and the Zoological Society. He was one of the founders of the Society for the History of Natural History. He wrote two papers in the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society
Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society
The Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society is a natural history journal published several times a year by the Bombay Natural History Society...

on the history of Indian ornithology and mammalogy.

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