Ref NoMS/146
TitleExpedition photographs - J. Omer-Cooper
AdminHistoryJoseph Omer-Cooper (1893 - 1972) was a taxonomist, morphologist, entomologist and lecturer in Zoology. He specialised in African fauna and ecology and became a prominent figure in the Zoology Department at Rhodes University College.

Omer-Cooper was born on 16 April 1893 in Reading, England and studied Zoology at Cambridge University as an Undergraduate and Masters Student. Between 1924 and 1927 Omer-Cooper worked in the Department of Zoology at Cambridge as a demonstrator and lecturer, and then as lecturer at University of Durham in 1927 until he left to teach in Rhodes, South Africa.

In 1936 Omer-Cooper was appointed senior lecturer of Zoology at Rhodes University College and became the Head of Department in 1937, taking over from Alice Lyle. He was appointed the University's Chair of Zoology in 1940, through which he not only developed the study of Entomology as a distinct discipline, but also the expanded the Department's buildings and number of lecturing staff. These developments resulted in the Department being renamed as the Department of Zoology and Entomology.

During his time in Rhodes he went on various collecting expeditions with his wife, Joyce Omer-Cooper, to other African countries, including Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Malawi, Sudan, Nigeria and Chad. Omer-Cooper continued to work for the University until his retirement in 1954. At this time he served as the President for both the Entomological Society of Southern Africa and the South African Association for the Advancement of Science.

Joseph Omer-Cooper died on 9 November 1972.
DescriptionFive packets of black and white postcard prints (MS/146a-e) [thought to have been] taken by Joseph Omer-Cooper whilst on an expedition he led to Siwa in 1935. The photographs, which are not labelled, depict camp scenes, wildlife, working animals, scenery, and local people in natural and posed positions.

Prints are stored in photographic wallets with the logo of the Jerome Studios (Photographic works, Bovay Place, Holloway, N.7) which depicts a colour drawing of a woman holding a small camera and scenery in the background, and a price list on the reverse.
Extent5 packets of photographs
Related MaterialMS/144, MS/145, MS/146, MS/150
Creator NameCooper, J. Omer (1893 - 1972)
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