Roger Tory Peterson
Roger Tory Peterson

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Name: Roger Tory Peterson
Occupation: Non-Fiction Author
Gender: Male
Birth Day: August 28, 1908
Death Date: Jul 28, 1996 (age 87)
Age: Aged 87
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson was born on August 28, 1908 in United States (87 years old). Roger Tory Peterson is a Non-Fiction Author, zodiac sign: Virgo. Find out Roger Tory Petersonnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He co-wrote a popular 1955 field guide called Wild America.

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As per our current Database, Roger Tory Peterson died on Jul 28, 1996 (age 87).

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Before Fame

He published his first nature article, "Notes from Field and Study," in a magazine called Bird-lore.

Biography Timeline


Peterson was born in Jamestown, New York on August 28, 1908. His father, Charles Peterson, was an immigrant from Sweden, coming to America as an infant. At the age of ten, C. Peterson lost his father to appendicitis, and he was sent off to work in the mills. After leaving the mills, he earned his living as a traveling salesman. His mother, Henrietta Badar, was an immigrant from Germany, at the age of four, growing up in Rochester, New York. She went to a teachers' college, and was teaching in Elmira, New York, when she met Charles. They married, and moved to Jamestown, a small, industrial city in south-west New York, where C. Peterson took a job at a local furniture factory.


In 1934 he published his seminal Guide to the Birds, the first modern field guide, which sold out its first printing of 2‚000 copies in one week, and subsequently went through 6 editions. One of the inspirations for his field guide was the diagram of ducks that Ernest Thompson Seton made in Two Little Savages (1903). He co-wrote Wild America with James Fisher, and edited or wrote many of the volumes in the Peterson Field Guide series, on topics ranging from rocks and minerals to beetles to reptiles. He developed the Peterson Identification System, and is known for the clarity of both his illustrations of field guides and his delineation of relevant field marks.


Peterson was awarded the Linnaean Society of New York's Eisenmann Medal in 1986, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Order of the Golden Ark of the Netherlands. In 1977, he was honored by selection by the two Swedish District lodges of the Vasa Order of America to be Swedish-American of the Year. He received nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize and honorary doctorates from numerous American universities.


He died in 1996 at his home in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Peterson was cremated following his death. A portion of his ashes were spread on and round Great Island near Old Lyme, and buried under grave memorials in the Duck River Cemetery in Old Lyme, and in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Falconer, New York.


The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, New York is named in his honor. In 2000, the American Birding Association established the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Promoting the Cause of Birding.

Family Life

Roger was the New York-born son of German immigrant Henrietta Badar and Swedish immigrant Charles Peterson.

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