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Abbot, Charles (1761–1817), botanist and entomologist, was born on 24 March 1761. He was educated at Winchester College and matriculated at New College, Oxford, in 1779, gaining his BA in 1783. He was a fellow of the college between 1781 and 1788, was awarded his MA in 1787, and his DD in 1802. He held the life-appointment of usher at ...

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Bastin, (Alfred) Harold (1875–1962), entomologist and photographer, was born at 48 Lower Union Street, Torquay, on 7 July 1875, the son of Richard Bastin (1849–1917), an ironmonger, and his wife, Priscilla Barter (1850–1933), originally from Reading. He had a Quaker upbringing and the family (of two sons and two daughters) moved between ...

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Bretherton, Russell Frederick (1906–1991), civil servant and entomologist, was born on 3 February 1906 at Belgrave House, Belgrave Road, Gloucester, the only son of the marriage of Frederick Hawkins Bretherton (1852–1945), solicitor, and Gertrude, née Wing (1864–1952). He had three half-sisters and four half-brothers from his father's earlier marriage. He was a history scholar at ...

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Browne, (William Alexander) Francis Balfour- (1874–1967), entomologist, was born on 27 December 1874 at 16 Ebury Street, London, the eldest of the two sons and two daughters of John Hatton Balfour-Browne KC, later of Goldielea, Dumfries, and his wife, Caroline, daughter of Sir Robert Lush...

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Buckler, William (1814–1884), artist and entomologist, was born on 13 September 1814 at Newport, Isle of Wight, the son of William Buckler. The topographical artist John Buckler (1770–1851) was his uncle. He was educated at Newport, and then through the influence of Captain Ffarrington...

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Robert Steele

revised by Yolanda Foote

Buckton, George Bowdler (1818–1905), entomologist, was born at Hornsey on 24 May 1818, the eldest son of George Buckton, a proctor of the prerogative court of Canterbury, of Doctors' Commons and Oakfield, Hornsey, and his wife, Eliza, daughter of Richard Merricks of Runcton House, Mundham, Sussex...

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V. B. Wigglesworth

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Buxton, Patrick Alfred (1892–1955), medical entomologist, was born on 24 March 1892 at 5 Hyde Park Street, Paddington, London, the eldest of the three children of Alfred Fowell Buxton, banker and chairman (1916–17) of the London county council, and his wife, Violet, daughter of the ...

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Campbell, (William) Howard (1859–1910), missionary and entomologist, was born in Londonderry on 20 September 1859, eldest of the nine children of Thomas Callender Campbell, businessman and lay Christian worker. Known to his family as Howard, he was an avid collector of insects and with his six brothers built up a nationally famous collection of Irish moths and butterflies. He was educated at the ...

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Champion, John George (1815–1854), collector of plants and insects, was born on 5 May 1815 at Edinburgh, the eldest son of Major John Carey Champion (d. 1825) of the 21st Royal North Britain fusiliers, and Elizabeth Herries, daughter of William Urquhart of ...

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Cheesman, (Lucy) Evelyn (1881–1969), entomologist and explorer, was born on 8 October 1881 at Court Lodge, Westwell, near Ashford, Kent. She was the third of the five children of Robert Cheesman (d. 1915), a gentleman farmer, and his wife, Florence Maud, née...

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Corbet, Philip Steven (1929–2008), entomologist, was born on 21 May 1929 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, the eldest child in the family of three boys and one girl of (Alexander) Steven Corbet (1896–1948), a soil microbiologist at the Rubber Research Institute in Kuala Lumpur...

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James Hooper

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Curtis, John (1791–1862), entomologist, was born at Norwich on 3 September 1791, the son of Charles Morgan Curtis (d. 1796), a stone-engraver and sign-painter, and Frances (d. 1822?), who became a flower cultivator following Charles's death. In childhood, through his mother's influence, ...

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Robert Hunt

revised by K. G. V. Smith

Curtis, William (1746–1799), botanist and entomologist, was born on 11 January 1746 in Lenten Street, Alton, Hampshire, into a Quaker family; his father, John Curtis, was a tanner in fairly comfortable circumstances. He was educated at Eggar's Free Grammar School from 1755, and at fourteen years old was apprenticed to his grandfather, ...

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Robert Harrison

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Denny, Henry (1803–1871), entomologist, was for forty-five years curator of the museum of the Literary and Philosophical Society in Leeds. Before his appointment he had published on the genus Pselaphus (Monographia Pselaphorum et Scydmaenorum Britanniae, or, An essay on the British species of the genera Pselaphus of Herbst, and Scydmaenus of Latreille...

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Doubleday, Edward (1810–1849), entomologist, was born on 9 October 1810 at 62 High Street, Epping, Essex, the second son of Benjamin Doubleday (1771–1848), grocer and provision merchant, and his wife, Mary (1779–1846). He and his brother Henry Doubleday (1808–1875), also a celebrated entomologist, were birthright Quakers who attended the local Friends' school, ...

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Dover, Cedric Cyril (1904–1961), entomologist, anthropologist, and poet, was born on 11 April 1904 in Calcutta to Eurasian parents, Percy and Sophy Dover. He was a descendant of Colonel James Skinner, the founder of what became Skinner's Horse, himself born to a Scottish father and a ...

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Erzinçlioğlu, (Yahya) Zakaria (1951–2002), forensic entomologist, was born in London on 30 December 1951, the son of Zakaria Ahmet Erzinçlioğlu and his wife, Kadria Sanna, née Shuhdi. He was of Turkish descent, and was brought up in Egypt, Turkey, and the Sudan as well as in ...

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Pelham Edgar

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Fletcher, James (1852–1908), botanist and entomologist, was born at Ashe, near Wrotham, Kent, on 28 March 1852, the second son of Joseph Flitcroft Fletcher and his wife, Mary Ann Hayward. His elder brother, Flitcroft Fletcher, was an artist who exhibited five pictures at the ...

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Glanville [née Goodricke; other married name Ashfield], Eleanor (1654–1709), entomologist, was the elder of the two daughters of Major William Goodricke (d. 1666) and his wife, the widow Eleanor Poyntz, née Davis (1617–1657). Her father left £1000 to Mary, his younger daughter, and to ...

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Goddard, (Cecil) John (1923–2012), fishing tackle manufacturer, angler, and entomologist, was born on 27 August 1923 at 66 Wiltshire Road, Brixton, London, the elder son of Cecil Henry Albert Falecki Goddard (1892–1970), businessman, and his wife, Olive Augusta Mary, née Venning (1892–1969). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...