Starting on January 8, 1982, at the suggestion of Jerome Clark, Dr. George Zug and Dr. Roy Mackal, Richard Greenwell set out to create the first formal scientific organization for the study of unknown and unseen animals, a field known as cryptozoology. He called this organization the International Society of Cryptozoology, ISC, and appointed world renowned cryptozoologist Bernard Heuvelmans the society’s first president, a position Heuvelmans held until his death in 2001. Richard Greenwell held the position of secretary within the ISC and continued to hold that position until the organizations unfortunate closing.
During his time with the ISC Richard Greenwell was the editor of the Journal and Newsletter of the ISC, funds from the ISC also provided him with the ability to travel to many parts of the world to investigate cryptozoological claims and specimens, including Mokele-mbembe of the Congo River Basin, a reported Merbeing in Papua New Guinea, which turned out to be a dugong or form of manatee, the Onza of Mexico and the Yeren of China. He was also the author of more than 100 scholarly and popular articles as well as, for a few years beginning in 1993, holding the title of columnist for Britain’s leading animal conservation publication, the BBC Wildlife Magazine.
Although his research would take him to more than 30 countries before his death in 2005 due to cancer, he also conducted many expiations right here in the United States, mainly in search of Bigfoot. In fact Richard Greenwell conducted his very last field investigation of Bigfoot while in his final stages of cancer in 2005, a true testament to his dedication to and love of cryptozoology.
Quick Info: (where applicable)
Date of Birth: 1942
Birthplace: Surrey, England
Current Location: NA
• Editor of Nutrition, Food and Man: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (1980)
• Editor of Sightings: UFOs and the Limits of Science (1982)
Schooling and/or Degrees:
• University of Guadalajara, Mexico (Honorary Doctorate)
• American Society of Mammalogists
• Explorers Club
• Royal Geographical Society
• BBC Wildlife Magazine (columnist)
• International Society of Cryptozoology (cofounder / secretary)