Eddie Izzard has been hailed as one of the greatest stand up comedian of his generation. He was born in 1962 and his ancestors originate from Rotherfield in Sussex
British Lightweight Boxing Champion 1924 - 1925 fought 123 times and won 94
click here for full size picture
This animal is the emblem of the Pyrenees and is
used as a symbol to indicate the National Park boundaries (the signs represent a
red Isard's head on a white background). A relative of the Chamois, it is
nevertheless a Pyrenean species with specific characteristics. The Isard
population is protected and the object of a census and studies : today there are
over 5000 individuals when there were only 1300 left in 1967. They live in herds
of up to 100 individuals. Do make the most of your stay in the Pyrenees to
observe them. They like altitude and steep slopes so you'll have to look upward.
Don't forget your binoculars as they are wild animals and you will not be able
to get close to them.
The Pyrenean Chamois, (French: izard or isard, Spanish ebeco or gamuza, Aragonese: sarrio or chizardo, Catalan: isard ) Rupicapra pyrenaica pyrenaica is a Goat Antelope that lives in the Pyraneese, Cantabrian Mountains. and Apennine Mountains. It is one of the two species of the genus Rupicapra, the other being the Chamois Rupicapra rupicapra. It is in the Caprinae subfamily of bovids, along with sheep and goats.
Up to 80cm tall, their summer coat is a ruddy brown; in winter it is black/brown with darker patches around the eyes. Both males and females have backward-hooked horns up to 20cm in length. They browse on grass, lichens and buds of trees. Sure-footed and agile, they are found anywhere up to 3000m.
Hunted almost to extinction in the 1940's the population has since recovered and in 2002 was estimated to be in the region of 5,000.
RALPH DELANCEY IZARD 1741 - 1804
Was a Delegate and a Senator from South Carolina; born at “The Elms,” near Charleston, South Carolina, January 23, in 1741 or 1742; pursued classical studies in England; returned to America briefly in 1764, but went abroad to reside, taking up his residence in London in 1771; moved to Paris, France, in 1776; appointed commissioner to the Court of Tuscany by the Continental Congress in 1776, but was recalled in 1779; returned to America in 1780; pledged his large estate in South Carolina for the payment of war ships to be used in the Revolutionary War; Member of the Continental Congress in 1782 and 1783; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1789, to March 3, 1795; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Third Congress; one of the founders of the College of Charleston; retired from public life to the care of his estates; died near Charleston, May 30, 1804; interment in the churchyard of St. James Goose Creek Episcopal Church, near Charleston, South Carolina . The destroyer USS Izard (DD-589) was named after him. See picture
GEORGE IZARD 1776 - 1828
Was a General in the United States Army during the War of 1812 and a Governor of the Arkansas Territory.
George Izard was born in London. He was the son of Ralph Izard who was a delegate to the Continental Congress and United States Senator from South Carolina. He graduated from the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania) in 1792. He attended military schools in England and Germany and received military engineering instruction in France.
Izard served as aide-de-camp to Alexander Hamilton and engineer of Fort Pinckney. He served in a diplomatic position in Lisbon, Portugal for a time.
During the War of 1812 Izard served in the United States Army where he rose to the rank of General. He served as Wade Hampton's second in command until Hampton's resignation when he succeeded him.
Izard was in charge of U.S. land forces protecting Lake Champlain in 1814 until ordered to reinforce the Army of Niagara.
Izard was appointed Governor of Arkansas Territory in 1825 and served until his death in 1828.
George Izard died of complications of gout in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was originally buried in an unknown location but his body was moved in 1843 to the historic Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock. Izard County,
Arkansas is named for George Izard. General Izard's original artillery unit still exists as the 1st Battalion of the 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regimen
WALTER ISARD 1919 -
Walter is a prominent American economist, the principal founder of the discipline of Regional Science, as well as one of the main founders of the discipline of Peace Science
Born in 1919, of a Philadelphia Quaker family, Isard graduated with honours at the age of 20 from Temple University. He next went to Harvard University, studying under Alvin Hansen and Abbott Usher, who stimulated his interest in location theory. Isard left Harvard in 1941 without taking a degree, moving instead to the University of Chicago, where he studied under Frank H. Knight, Oscar Lange, and Jacob Viner. In 1942, Isard obtained a position with the National Resources Planning Board, in Washington, D.C., while completing his dissertation on building cycles and transportation development. A Quaker, he obtained conscientious objector status during the war, and en lieu of military service he served as an orderly in a state mental hospital. It was during this period that he translated into English the works of some of the principal German location theorists. Now focusing primarily on location issues, Isard obtained a part-time teaching position at Harvard in 1945, and did some work on the location of the U.S. steel industry, as well as some work on the costs and benefits of atomic power
At Harvard, Isard became well acquainted with Wassily Leontief and helped him adapt his idea of an input-output model to a local economy. Between 1949 and 1953 Isard was employed as a research associate at Harvard, but teaching a course, designed by himself, on location theory and regional development. Through this course, and through discussions with other economists, Isard managed to attract many other scholars to these fields. Already by 1948 the American Economic Association was organizing sessions on regional development at its annual conference. At the 1950 American Economic Association meeting, Isard met with 26 other like-minded economists and came up with a clearer idea of what the newly emerging field of regional science should look like: it would be interdisciplinary, and it required some novel concepts, data, and techniques. As part of the effort to develop regional science Isard found himself at the center of a network of scholars from economics, city planning, political science and sociology.
In 1953 Isard moved to MIT, taking a position in the Department of City and Regional Planning. It was while he was at MIT that the name regional science solidified as the name for his new field. In 1954 the Regional Science Association was created, with Isard as its first president and then honorary chairman. In 1956 Isard left MIT for the University of Pennsylvania, attracted by the opportunity to head up a new PhD-awarding academic department, the department of Regional Science. Isard worked quickly to make regional science widely recognized, publishing three important books over the next four years: Location and Space Economy (1956); Industrial Complex Analysis and Regional Development (1959); and Methods of Regional Analysis (1960). In 1956 he also helped found the Regional Science Research Institute at Penn, and in 1958 the new field's flagship journal, the Journal of Regional Science. In 1960 Isard worked to spread regional science to Europe, and in 1962 he helped set up regional science associations for Latin America and East Asia.
In 1963 Isard assembled a group of scholars in Malmö, Sweden, for the purpose of establishing the Peace Research Society. In 1973, this group became the Peace Science Society. Like regional science, peace science was viewed as an interdisciplinary and international effort to develop a special set of concepts, techniques and data In 1977 Isard stepped down as chair of the department of regional science at Penn in order to devote more time to peace science, and moved to Cornell University in 1979. In 1985, Isard was elected a member of the Economic Sciences section of the National Academy of Sciences.
ERNIE IZZARD 1905 - 1970
Ernie Izzard Lightweight Boxing Champion of England 1924 - 25 also know as The Herne Hill Hairpin
RALPH WILLIAM BURDICK IZZARD
Ralph William Burdick Izzard, OBE (27 August 1910 - 2 December 1992) was an English journalist, author, adventurer and, during World War II, a British Naval Intelligence officer.
Is a journalist, Izzard spent virtually his entire career with one newspaper, the Daily Mail. After rising to the position of Berlin bureau chief, he remained a star of the paper for 31 years. The stories he covered took him from Egypt to Algeria, Lebanon to Kenya, Korea and beyond.
In addition to his duties with the Daily Mail, he wrote four books chronicling his experiences in India, Nepal and the Middle East. He is best-known for the most famous of his
exploits, when, as portrayed in his book The Innocent on Everest, he set out on his own, without a compass or map, to pursue John Hunt's 1953 Everest expedition to its base camp at 18,000 ft.
During World War II, Izzard served with distinction as an officer with British Naval Intelligence and 30 Assault Unit. He received several awards and was appointed an OBE. His tour of duty took place under the command of Ian Fleming, who based elements of his first novel Casino Royale and its protagonist James Bond on Lieutenant Commander Izzard and a card game in which he found himself playing poker against covert Nazi intelligence agents at a casino in Pernambuco in Brazil
Born in Billericay, Essex on 27 August 1910 to Percy and Florence Burdick Izzard, Ralph Izzard was the youngest of the couple's two children. His sister, Floris, was born in 1907. His father, Percy Izzard, was the Daily Mail's highly respected gardening correspondent (claimed by Ralph to have been the inspiration of William Boot in the Evelyn Waugh novel Scoop).
In 1919, Izzard entered Caldicott School, a preparatory school for boys near London, where he remained enrolled until 1924. Then, aged 13, he entered The Leys School, where, in addition to his studies, he played water-polo. In 1928, his term at The Leys School being complete, he went on to Queens' College, Cambridge and graduated in 1931. That same year he joined the staff at the Daily Mail.
Foreign correspondent in Berlin
After graduation from Cambridge, Izzard was appointed as foreign correspondent for the Daily Mail. His first post was Berlin where he was appointed and remained bureau chief for a number of years during the cold war. Afterwards Izzard stayed on as a foreign correspondent for 31 years. It has been speculated that in addition to performing his actual duties with the "Daily Mail", Izzard used the position as a cover while engaged in intelligence operations for MI5.
World War II
Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves
At the onset of World War II, Izzard joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves as an Ordinary Seaman, and qualified as a gunner but was soon commissioned a Sub-Lieutenant, eventually ascending to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in a position with British Naval Intelligence. He served with distinction, being Mentioned in Despatches and appointed OBE.
British Intelligence, 30 AU, MI9, MI19
Ralph Izzard was recruited to the Naval Intelligence Division and 30 Assault Unit by Ian Fleming due, in some measure, to his ability to speak fluent German, as well as his expert knowledge of Berlin and its society. His duties included the interrogation of captured German combatants, intelligence collection in the battlespace, and espionage. The British Admiralty operated an interrogation centre known as the "CSDIC" (Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centre) at CockFosters Camp for the joint use of the Royal Navy, the R.A.F., and the British Army. Izzard regularly participated in the questioning of PoWs and provided detailed reports to his superiors regarding intelligence obtained as a result of interrogation. A number of his reports and letters were forwarded to and read by Winston Churchill.