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Listen: Birder, Swindler, Soldier, Spy – Colonel Meinertzhagen’s Ornithology Fraud

Richard Meinertzhagen with a Kori bustard in Nairobi, 1915. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Richard Meinertzhagen with a Kori bustard in Nairobi, 1915. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Chairman of the British ornithologist club, Richard Meinertzhagen was once the most eminent authority on South Asian birds. In 1954, his collection of over 25,000 bird skins was even acquired by the prestigious Natural History Museum in Britain. Thirty years after his death, it was found that he had stolen birds and passed them off as his own. A lot of his data was also found to be was false. Samanth and Padmaparna speak to Pamela Rasmussen in this fascinating new crime-thriller-science-detective-mystery.

This is the latest episode of The Intersection, a fortnightly podcast on Audiomatic. For more such podcasts visit audiomatic.in​.