GODWIN-AUSTEN, Henry Haversham

GODWIN-AUSTEN, Henry Haversham (until 1854 H. H. Austen). Devon 6.7.1834 — 2.12.1923. British Colonial Officer and Scientist in India. Son of Robert A. C. G.-A., a geologist, and Maria Godwin. Educated at Sandhurst, entered the army in 1851 and served in the second Burmese war. In 1857 joined the Trigonometrical Survey of India, surveyed large tracts in the Himalayas. In 1864 on special duty with Bhutan Field Force. Retired in 1877. Lieutenant-colonel. Three times married: 1858 Kudikji (d. 1860?), an Indian Muslim lady, one son, 1861 Pauline Plowden (d. 1871), one son, 1881 Jessie Robinson (d. 1913). An eager mountaineer (hence Mt. Godwin-Austen). Personally interested in Buddhism.

Publications: articles on geology, ethnology and natural history of India.

Birds of Assam. 1870-78; On the Land and Freshwater Mollusca of British India. 1-3. L. 1882-99; with W. T. Blanford, Mollusca: Testacellidae and Zonitidae. The Fauna of Br. India. 1908.

Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; long account in Who Was Who 1916–1928; Wikipedia with photo.


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