Roxie Collie Simpson Laybourne, US ornithologist

Roxie Collie Simpson Laybourne, US ornithologist

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Caption: Roxie Collie Simpson Laybourne (1910-2003), US ornithologist. Laybourne developed forensic techniques for identifying species of birds involved in bird strikes on aircraft. This information was instrumental in developing safety improvements in the manufacture of aircraft engines, military fighter canopies, and the creation of runway management plans. Laybourne helped solve many cases of bird-related plane crashes.

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