Ornithologist, broadcaster and painter, born in London, son of Robert Falcon Scott the Antarctic explorer whose wife was Kathleen Kennet, the sculptor, as she later became known after her second marriage. Peter Scott’s first wife was the writer Elizabeth Jane Howard. Scott was educated at Oundle School and Cambridge University, the Munich State Academy and the Royal Academy Schools. An Olympic Games-class yachts-man and national gliding champion, he was founder of the World Wildlife Fund and campaigned endlessly for endangered species. He lived for many years at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, in the grounds of the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust, which he founded in 1946. Knighted in 1973, partly in recognition of his prowess as a bird painter and as the author and illustrator of many books on birds.

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

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