Bertram Evelyn Smythies was born on on July 11, 1912 in England.
B. E. Smythies, who died in England in 1999, was a professional forester as well as a superb amateur field ornithologist and botanist in the British colonial tradition. He produced two classics of Old World ornithology, first The Birds of Burma in 1940, followed by The Birds of Borneo in 1960. –The Auk –July 2002
Bertram E. Smythies also wrote The Birds of Burma and various books on trees and flowers. If we held a celebration for all the great ornithologists’ birthdays, every day would be a party!