Clarence BIRDSEYE

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AmericanBorn Clarence Frank BIRDSEYE, JR

American inventor, entrepreneur, and naturalist and is considered to be the founder of the modern frozen food industry

Born on December 9, 1886 in Brooklyn, New York City , United States

Died on October 7, 1956 in Manhattan, New York City , United States

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Clarence Birdseye was the sixth of nine children of Clarence Frank Birdseye, a lawyer in an insurance firm, and Ada Jane Underwood. His first years were spent in Brooklyn, New York, where his family owned a townhouse in Cobble Hill. From childhood, Birdseye was obsessed with natural science and with taxidermy, which he taught himself by correspondence. At the age of eleven he advertised his courses in the subject. When he was fourteen, the family moved to the suburb of Montclair, New Jersey, where Birdseye graduated from Montclair High School. He matriculated at Amherst College, where his father and elder brother had earned degrees. There he excelled at science, although an average student in other subjects. His obsession with collecting insects led his college classmates to nickname him "Bugs". This was subsequently changed to "Bob". Birdseye biographer Mark Kurlansky notes that after 1906 he was never again referred to as Clarence.

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