About Robert Patterson
Robert Patterson' (1863 – 1931) was an Irish naturalist. He was the son of Richard Patterson, and the grandson of Robert Patterson FRS and the nephew of Robert Lloyd Patterson (1836-1906).
Robert Patterson was interested in every branch of natural history but mainly birds. He was a member of the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society and the Belfast Naturalists' Field Club and a founder of the Ulster Fisheries and Marine Biology Association. He also founded the People's Palace, or Patterson Museum, in Belfast which opened in 1904. This was a natural history (mainly birds) and archaeological museum intended for the free instruction of the people.