Year of Honorary Fellowship, 2014
Dr George McGavin is a well-known scientist and presenter in the UK. He is an Honorary Research Associate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and a Research Associate of The Department of Zoology of Oxford University. He is also a Fellow of the Linnean Society, The Royal Geographical Society and an Honorary Fellow of The Society of Biology. His research has taken him from the tropical forests of Papua New Guinea to the caves of Thailand and from the jungles of Belize to the savannas of Tanzania.
Dr McGavin studied Zoology at Edinburgh University before completing a doctorate at the British Museum of Natural History and Imperial College, London. George has written numerous books on insects and other animals. Widely acknowledged as an engaging and entertaining speaker George regularly speaks to audiences about insects, ecology, evolution, conservation and exploration. He is the presenter of Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor for BBC4 and The Secret Life of Your House for ITV. Dr McGavin is also the presenter of the multi award winning After Life – The Science of Decay for BBC4. He is also an accomplished broadcaster having made many programmes for the BBC including the phenomenally successful ‘Lost Lands’ expedition series.
Dr McGavin is also a regular contributor to The One Show (BBC1) and recently presented the BBC Radio 4 programme The Etymology of Entomology. He has brought the science and fascination of entomology to millions of people in the UK and beyond and has several insect species named in his honour and hopes they survive him.