Ken Burns

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Ken Burns

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    Robert Kyle Burns

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    • 3rd Generation — Grandfather of Ken Burns
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    • Birth Date:
    • 26 Jul 1896 
    • Birth Location:
    • Hillsboro, Pocahontas, West Virginia 
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    • Death Date:
    • 26 Jun 1982 
    • Death Location:
    • Bridgewater, Rockingham, Virginia 
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    • Marriage Date:
    • 21 Jun 1924 
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    • Notes: 
    • Robert Kyle Burns was an American biologist who was noted for having changed the sex of alligators from male to female back in 1937 at the University of Rochester in New York. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1955.

      Robert Kyle Burns was often referred to as Junior to distinguish him from his uncle Robert Kyle Burns who was living with the family in 1900.

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  • Sources for Robert Kyle Burns

    • 1 Federal Census, New York, Monroe County, 1930, Brighton, E.D. 28-201, Sheet 19B, Image 38 of 59, Ancestry.com (Online Census Images).
    • 2 Federal Census, NY, Monroe County, 1940, Brighton, E.D. 28-5, Sheet 19B, Image 39 of 81, Ancestry.com (Online Census Images).
    • 3 Federal Census, VA, Staunton (Independent City), 1920, Staunton Ward 1, E.D. 134, Sheet 1A, Image 1 of 7, Ancestry.com (Online Census Images).
    • 4 Federal Census, VA, Culpeper County, 1910, Catalpa, E.D. 15, Sheet 14A, Image 27 of 36, Ancestry.com (Online Census Images).
    • 5 Federal Census, WV, Pocahontas County, 1900, Levels, Sheet 2B, Image 4 of 25, Ancestry.com (Online Census Images).
    • 6 U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Draft registration for Robert Kyle Burns, Ancestry.com (Online Database).
    • 7 U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Draft registration for Robert Kyle Burns Jr., Ancestry.com (Online Database).
    • 9 Murray, James, Robert Kyle Burns 1896-1982: A Biographical Memoir, Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press (1995).
    • 11 Zurawik, David, "Waking the Dead", The Baltimore Sun, 23 SEP 2007.

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