Acknowledgements

I have done the work reflected here because I found it fun. The associations with the people who have helped me, and the pleasure of finding things out have sustained, stimulated, motivated and pleased me.
A number of influences deserve special mention.

Above all, my father Arnold P.G. Peterson, DSc. His careful attention to detail, his ability to recognize unexpected patterns, his patient persistence, and his ability to set frustrations aside remain standards which on my best days I only occasionally approach.

The real inspiration for this particular project was Burt Monroe, Jr. I started creating an avian taxonomic dataset out of an interest in the frequency of monospecific genera and speculations on the implications implied by that distribution of number-of-species-per-genus. While assembling and looking at data to address this question, I identified a few dates of publication that were listed wrong in various sources. I turned to Burt for confirmation of these. Soon we were talking on the phone almost everyday, and my body of nomenclatural data and list of possible errors grew.
The availability of the Richmond Index on microfiche provided a titanic boost to the effort, and Burt and I resolved to include full citations for all the taxa to be included in the "next edition" of Sibley & Monroe. Burt's death occurred long before this could progress beyond the stage of airy persiflage.
Just before Burt died, I promised him I would publish the data I had been working on. At that time I had not considered presenting the data on the web, and now often think of the excitement and enthusiasm Burt would have for this modality.

The other person remarkably responsible for this site, is Scott Lanyon. At some meeting, I complained to him of the problems I wrestled with he said: "Just publish it on the web."

He went on to describe in detail the characteristics he wanted the site and the data to have. Some of his suggestions are represented here, some not.

The internet also made possible contacts across the world. Creative, energetic and wonderful people have answered questions, solved mysteries, and caught many of my foolish errors.

Deserving of special mention, and missed almost every week is Rex Banks, who as the head librarian of the British Museum (Natural History), solved some of my most difficult and long standing puzzles. Rex also provided contacts worldwide, from Mrs Effie Warr at Tring, to Carlo Violani in Italy to obscure libraries in Moscow.

The list below is woefully incomplete, much much too late in being added to the site and still incomplete. My apologies to those whom I have not (yet) listed. The order in which names are listed is roughly chronological.


Comments&Suggestions to Data Steward
Alan P. Peterson, M.D.
Walla Walla, WA 99362-0999

Last updated 2014.12.30