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Born January 29, 1935 in New York, New York, US.
Dr. Payne is a biologist and environmentalist famous for the 1967 discovery (with Scott McVay) of whale song among Humpback whales. Payne later became an important figure in the world-wide campaign to end commercial whaling. In addition to whale recordings Payne has also published books and worked with film crews on many television documentaries and the IMAX movie "Whales".