Massy, Annie (1867–1931)

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Massy, Annie (1867–1931)

Irish marine biologist. Name variations: Annie Letitia Massy; Anne L. Massy or A.L. Massy. Born 1867 in Ireland; died April 16, 1931.

Self-educated, internationally recognized mollusk expert, studied cephalopods (squid); corresponded with and identified and described many specimens for several museums as a biologist (1901–31) for Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction's Fisheries Division in Dublin; as an amateur ornithologist, was the 1st to record redstarts nesting in Ireland (Powerscourt Deer Park, 1885); served as a secretary of Irish Society for Protection of Birds (ISPB, later Irish Wildbird Convervancy, 1926) and was 1 of its 1st members; fought for successful passage of Wild Birds Protection Act (1930); was a member of the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland.