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© Desmond Morris. Photo credit: The Reiff Collection

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Desmond Morris (b.1928)

The Reiff Collection

Writer and broadcaster on animal and human behaviour and Surrealist painter, born in Purton, Wiltshire. Morris graduated with a science degree from Birmingham University, gained his doctorate at Oxford University and did post-doctoral research at the Department of Zoology at the University, 1954–6. He went on to hold a number of notable academic and media positions, including curator of mammals at Zoological Society of London, 1959–67; director, ICA, 1967–8; and research fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, 1973–81. He made a national name with the book The Naked Ape, 1967, and appeared on television programmes such as The Animals Roadshow. Among his books were The Biology of Art, 1962. The book The Secret Surrealist, 1987, coincided with a Mayor Gallery show of his work.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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