Robert John Lechmere Guppy
Robert John Lechmere Guppy (August 15, 1836 in London
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 – August 5, 1916 in San Fernando
San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
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, Trinidad and Tobago
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) was a British
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-born naturalist
Natural history
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 after whom the guppy
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 is named. He was one of four children of Robert Guppy, a lawyer and the Mayor of San Fernando (Trinidad), and Amelia Parkinson, a painter and one of the pioneers of photography, who navigated the Orinoco River accompanied by only a few native Indians. "Lechmere," as he was called, was raised by his grandparents, Richard Parkinson and Lucy Lechmere, in Kinnersley Castle
Kinnersley Castle
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, a 13th-century Norman castle in Herefordshire
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