William Kirby   1759-1850

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William Kirby



Kirby has been called the "Father of Entomology" in England and was probably one of the most famous entomologists of all time. He was a minister for 58 years and extensively studied insects during that time. He wrote many entomological papers, and he knew personally or corresponded with most of the important entomologists of the time. He met William Spence in 1808, and together they published the first volume of AN INTRODUCTION TO ENTOMOLOGY in 1815, the first popular book on insects in English. He described numerous new species of beetles from North America. His collections now reside in the British Museum (Natural History) and the Linnean Society.


Essig, E. O. 1972. A HISTORY OF ENTOMOLOGY. Hafner Publishing Co., New York. 1,029 pp.


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