Biographical dictionary

The Biographical Dictionary of British Coleopterists is compiled and maintained by Michael Darby. The Dictionary can be accessed below, and see also the additional information provide by Michael:

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Namesort ascending Dates Biography
THORNCROFT Fowler (1887-91) records that he took the only English specimen of Leptura rufa at Holme Bush in the Summer, 1856. (MD 12/04)
THORNBORROW, W. Mentioned in the Janson diary at Cambridge eg. June 1867. FESL 1866-73. (MD 12/04)
THOMPSON, Thomas Published ‘A Note on the Glow Worm’ in Nat.Hist.Trans.Northumb. 3, 1868-70, p.175. (MD 12/04)
THOMPSON, Richard T.

Weevil specialist on the staff of the NHM. Published 'Rhynchaenus erythropus (Germar) not (yet) British', Col., 2(3), 68. (MD 1/22)

THOMPSON, M.L. There are Coleoptera bearing this name and dated 1922 in the general collection at Manchester Museum. FESL from 1901. (MD 12/04)
THOMPSON, G.H.L. There are specimens bearing this name in the collection of K.C.Lewis. (MD 12/06)
THOMPSON, F. There are Coleoptera bearing this name from Shepperton dated 1916 in the general collection at Doncaster Museum. (MD 12/04)
THOMPSON There are Coleoptera in the general collection at Birmingham Museum bearing this name and numbered 50-29. (MD 12/04)
THOMAS, R.H. Gave various collections of insects from South America including Coleoptera to the HDO between 1900-1940 (Smith (1986) p.154). (MD 12/04)
THOMAS, J ames R.A. d. 16 June 2018

Don Stonehouse wrote the following account of Thomas as an email to the B-B group, 19 June 2018:

Jim Thomas, who lived in Carnforth, Lancs. sadly, passed away last weekend after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Maureen. I met Jim through my membership of the Raven Natural History and Entomological Society, which sadly folded a couple of years ago. At ~ 60 I was one of  the youngest members. In 2006 a group of us - Tom Eccles and then partner Carole, Stan and Marion Bowestead, Jim and Maureen, Chris Rayden and his mum and dad - spent an entomological week in Bussac, France and blitzed the local pinewoods, a freshly dead boar, stacked logs etc. Jim and I went hunting around the junction of the Rivers Dordogne and Vezere and I remember taking a Paederidus that was running about in abundance on the sandy river bank - it's been extinct in the UK for over 100 years.Jim was very good company with a straightforward and affable nature. He was also very fit and would take people up into the hills when he was over 70.

Within the last 10 years Jim was involved in the production of a number of checklists -The Coleoptera of Drigg Dunes - Oct 2011; The Coleoptera of Gait Barrows NNR - Feb 2012; The Coleoptera of the Witherslack Area of Cumbria with Stan Bowestead, Tom Eccles and Chris Rayden - 2014, the last publication of the Raven Society; and The Coleoptera of the Sandhills  of South Lancashire with Tom Eccles and Stan Bowestead - 2016, published by Pemberley Books. He was a subscriber to the Coleopterist from 2006. (PH 7/18/ MD 7/18, 2/20)