W. F. Erichson
Erichson was trained as a medical
doctor, but, as with so many physicians of the time, he devoted
much of his time to the study of natural history. He received
his title of Doktor der Medizin und Chirugie in 1832 and a further
degree of Doktor der Philosophie in 1837, He conducted studies
on a wide array of insects, but he emphasized Coleoptera, especially
Staphylinidae and, to a lesser extent, Scarabaeidae. His classification
of the Scarabaeoidea is nearly identical to the one we use today.
From 1834-1848 he was the curator of the Coleoptera collections
at the Museum fur Naturkunde in Berlin where nearly all of his
types are deposited.