Born: May 29, 1921
Died: March 31, 2014
Ohio connection: Birth
George Edwin Laycock was born in Zanesville, Ohio. He received a B.S. degree from Ohio State University in 1943. That same year, he married Ellen M. Van Auken, and they would have three children: Elaine, Michael, and Steven. Laycock`s career began with Farm Quarterly, Cincinnati, where he served as associate editor from 1947 until 1951, at which time he began to focus solely on freelance writing. His books are predominantly about nature and the environment, and are self-illustrated, containing many of Laycock’s own photographs. A number of his books are written for children. Some of his titles are Deer Hunter’s Bible; Never Pet a Porcupine; The Alien Animals; Animal Movers: A Collection of Ecological Surprises; Wingspread: A World of Birds; King Gator; Strange Monsters and Great Searches; People and Other Mammals; and The Young Naturalist’s Guide to Wildlife. Laycock made contributions to numerous periodicals, including Popular Science, Boys’ Life, Audubon, Sports Illustrated, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, and Reader’s Digest. George Laycock died March 31, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio; he was 92 years old.
Boys’ Clubs of America Junior Book Award, 1966, for Never Pet a Porcupine; National Book Award nomination in sciences, 1974, for Autumn of the Eagle; Excellence in Craft Award, Outdoor Writers Association of America, 1983; Johnson Award for writings on water sports; Jade of Chiefs Award, Outdoor Writers of America; Boys’ Clubs of America awards for best-liked books; five Science Teachers of America awards for outstanding books for young people.