Mark Alexander Wynter-Blyth
Mark Alexander Wynter-Blyth (15 August 1906 – 16 April 1963 Leysin, Switzerland) was an English schoolteacher and amateur naturalist who wrote one of the first field guides to the butterflies of the Indian region. He was also involved in censuses of the Asiatic lion at the Gir forest.
Wynter-Blyth was born at Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, studied at Sedbergh School, Yorkshire and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He took an interest in nature study while still a student and moved to India in 1936 to become a house master at Bishop Cotton School. He later became headmaster of the preparatory school and here his meeting with A E Jones, an amateur lepidopterist, made him interested in butterflies. In 1941 he moved to the Nilgiris to take up a position as headmaster at St. George's School in Ketti; the school, which had been first recognized by the Education Department of Madras as a free primary school, was raised to the status of a high school in 1944 during his tenure. During the war, he was called to service but found unfit for active service and declined a staff appointment. In 1946 he moved to Saurashtra as a private tutor and from 1948 to 1963 until his death, he was the principal of the Rajkumar College, Rajkot, a school founded and run by the Princely Order of Kathiawar. He died in Switzerland of coronary thrombosis on 16 April 1963.
- Lavkumar KS (1963). "Obituary: Mark Alexander Wynter-Blyth". Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 60 (2): 439–440.
- Wynter-Blyth, MA. "The Lion Census of 1955". Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 53: 527–36.
- Wynter-Blyth, MA (1950). "The Gir Forest and its Lions. Part 1". Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 48: 493–514.
- Rajkumar College
- Mark Alexander Wynter-Blyth August 16, 1906 - April 16, 1963: Principal of the Rajkumar College, Rajkot - 1948-1963 by Lavkumar Khachar
- When the Last Lion Roars: The Rise and Fall of the King of the Beasts
- Bibliographie générale sur les monts Nilgiri de l'Inde du sud 1603-1996 By Paul Hockings:WYNTER-BLYTH, Mark Alexander 4494. 1943 XVII.— Note on Curetis Species at Kallar. JBNHS, 43: 671-72. 4495. 19 4 4 The Butterflies of the Nilgiris. JBNHS
- An educationalist who loved butterflies
- THE ASIATIC LIONS OF SASAN-GIR : The first modern day count of lions was done by Mark Alexander Wynter-Blyth, the Principal of Rajkumar College, Rajkot sometime between 1948 to 1963, probably early in his tenure
- WYNTER-BLYTH,Eileen Mary died 12th June 1989: wife of Mr Wynter-Blyth
- Both sexes of the butterfly have tawny wings with veins marked with broad black; Wynter-Blyth, Mark Alexander (1957)
- Gir National Park: The first modern day count of lions was done by Mark Alexander Wynter-Blyth, the principal of Rajkumar College, Rajkot and R.S. Dharmakumarsinhji sometime between 1948 and 1963, probably early in his tenure