See also: Newton
In 1854, it travels on behalf of the Magdalene College of Cambridge, where it was graduate. He visits many countries of which the Lapland, the Iceland, the Spitzberg, the the Antilles and the North America. In 1866, it becomes the first professor of zoology and comparative anatomy of Cambridge, a function which it will occupy until his death.
Its work in ornithology and Zoogéographie is honoured by the Royal Society, in 1900, which decrees the royal medal to him and by the Médaille linnéenne, the same year.
In 1858, Newton is one of the founders of the British Ornithologists' Union and is the author of many books. Among which one can quote: Zoology off Ancient Europe (1862), Ootheca Wolleyana (which start to appear in 1864), Zoology (1872) and a Dictionary off Birds (1893-1896). It signs many articles in various scientific magazines like The Ibis (1865-1870), the Zoological Record (1870-1872) and Yarrell' S British Birds (1871-1882).
Newton spends much time has to study the birds disappeared from the archipelago of the Mascareignes, of which it had received specimens thanks to his brother Sir Edward Newton (1832-1897). Among those the Dodo and the Solitary of Rodrigues, all two today extinct. In 1872, it describes for the first time the Perruche of Newton ( Psittacula exsul ) which lives on the island of Rodrigues. This bird disappears in 1875.
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