Salim Ali

Indian Politician
Born Nov 12, 1896

Sálim Moizuddin Abdul Ali was an Indian ornithologist and naturalist. Known as the "birdman of India", Salim Ali was among the first Indians to conduct systematic bird surveys across India and his bird books helped develop ornithology.

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1896 Birth Born on November 12, 1896.


1913 16 Years Old He was sent to Sind to stay with an uncle who had suggested that the dry air might help and on returning after such breaks in studies, he barely managed to pass the matriculation exam of the Bombay University in 1913. … Read More


1917 20 Years Old On his return to India in 1917 after seven years, he decided to continue formal studies. … Read More
1918 21 Years Old During this break in Bombay he was married to a distant relative, Tehmina in December 1918. … Read More
1926 29 Years Old He was hired as guide lecturer in 1926 at the newly opened natural history section in the Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai for the salary of Rs 350 a month.


1928 31 Years Old He however tired of the job after two years and took a study leave in 1928 to Germany, where he was to work under Professor Erwin Stresemann at the Berlin Zoological Museum. … Read More
1930 33 Years Old 1 More Event
On his return to India in 1930, he discovered that the guide lecturer position had been eliminated due to lack of funds. … Read More


1938 41 Years Old …  Whistler wrote to Ali on 24 October 1938: … Read More
1939 42 Years Old After Tehmina's death in 1939, Salim Ali stayed with his sister Kamoo and brother-in-law. … Read More


1953 56 Years Old Although recognition came late, he received several honorary doctorates and numerous awards. The earliest was the "Joy Gobinda Law Gold Medal" in 1953, awarded by the Asiatic Society of Bengal and was based on an appraisal of his work by Sunder Lal Hora (and in 1970 received the Sunder Lal Hora memorial Medal of the Indian National Science Academy). … Read More


1967 70 Years Old In 1967 he became the first non-British citizen to receive the Gold Medal of the British Ornithologists' Union. … Read More
1969 72 Years Old In 1969 he received the John C. Phillips memorial medal of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
1973 76 Years Old The USSR Academy of Medical Sciences gave him the Pavlovsky Centenary Memorial Medal in 1973 and in the same year he was made Commander of the Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. … Read More
1985 88 Years Old 1 More Event
He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1985.
1986 89 Years Old In the 1986 issue of the Journal of the BNHS he noted the role that it had played, the changing interests from hunting to conservation captured in 64 volumes that were preserved in microfiche copies, and the zenith that it had reached under the exceptional editorship of S H Prater. … Read More
1987 91 Years Old Dr. Salim Ali died in 1987, at the age of 91 after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer in Mumbai. … Read More
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