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William Henry Phelps, Jr.

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: San Antonio de Capayacuar, Acosta, Monagas, Venezuela
Death: August 13, 1988 (85)
Caracas, Libertador, Capital District, Venezuela
Immediate Family:

Son of William Henry Phelps, Sr. and Alicia Elvira Tucker Cotton
Husband of Kathleen Deery de Phelps
Brother of John Prince Phelps Tucker; Alberto Phelps Tucker and Nena Phelps

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About William Henry Phelps, Jr.

William Henry Phelps Jr. was a Venezuelan ornithologist and businessman.

He was born in San Antonio de Maturín, a town located in Monagas, Venezuela. Along with his father, William Henry Phelps, he founded the first commercial radio station in Venezuela, 1 Broadcasting Caracas.

After finishing his studies in Lawrenceville School and getting a B.Sc. in 1926 from Princeton University, he published over 78 books on the birds of Venezuela with his wife Katherine Deery Phelps, in which they described their discovery of more than 200 new species. Together they organized about 100 expeditions that helped collect over 1,000 species of birds. A direct result of his research was the creation of the Venezuelan Museum of Ornithology with one of the most important libraries and collections in South America. In recognition of his research the University of Exeter created a fellowship in his honor to fund Venezuelan graduate students interested in zoology. In 1953 he founded one of the most important Venezuelan television stations, Radio Caracas Televisión, and served as its president for 34 years. He died in the city of Caracas.

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William Henry Phelps, Jr.'s Timeline

1902
December 25, 1902
San Antonio de Capayacuar, Acosta, Monagas, Venezuela
1988
August 13, 1988
Age 85
Caracas, Libertador, Capital District, Venezuela