Drowne, Frederick P.

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1880 January 14 - 1930 June 27

Biographical or Historical Note

FREDERICK PEABODY DROWNE was born on January 14, 1880 to Alice Wheeler Peabody and Christopher Rhodes Drowne.

Drowne joined the Whitney South Sea Expedition in 1927. The AMNH Whitney South Sea Expedition was an ornithological expedition originated by Dr. Leonard C. Sanford and funded by Harry Payne Whitney, with the mission of systematically exploring Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia for previously undiscovered or little-known bird specimens. It was the largest ornithological expedition ever conceived. Active field research was conducted from 1920 to 1941. Drowne worked as a field researcher and collector while with WSSE. He left the expedition in 1928 after an illness.

Drowne graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore in 1904. He worked as a physician for most of his life, with a practice in Rhode Island. He also partook in several scientific expeditions throughout his life. He was a member of the Rothschild Expedition in 1899. Drowne first met Rollo Beck on an expedition to the Galapagos. Drowne published a monograph titled The Reptiles and Batrachians of Rhode Island in 1904.

Drowne was married to Lila Cherry White. He died on June 27, 1930 at the age of 50.


    Brown University. “Historical Catalogue of Brown University.” 1914.
    Drowne, Frederick P. “Drowne Journal December 1926-November 1927”. Whitney Expedition, bound book P. Department of Ornithology, AMNH.
    Murphy, Robert Cushman. Oceanic Birds of South America. New York: American Museum of Natural History, c1936.



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