Ref NoMS/150
TitlePhotograph album: Siwa - 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.
DescriptionAn album of mounted black and white photographs entitled 'Siwa, 1935' and taken by J. Omer-Cooper on the [Armstrong College] expedition he led to Siwa [Oasis] (Egypt) in 1935. The photographs, which are mostly labelled, depict a range of subjects including ponds, lakes, springs, wells, pools, ruins, mosques, working animals, deserts, marshes, camp life, graves, local people (including scenes celebrating Harvest Festival and a wedding) and photos of C.L. Smith (who was thought to have accompanied Omer-Cooper on the expedition).
Extent1 album
Related MaterialMS/144, MS/145, MS/146, MS/150
Creator NameCooper, J. Omer (1893 - 1972)
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