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 descending Dates Biography
SWAIN, H.D. There are specimens from Surrey bearing this name in the D.G.Hall collection at the North Hertfordshire Museum. (Information from Trevor James). (MD 11/04)
SWAINSON, W Stephens (1828) pp.75,80 refers to the collection of the ‘late Mr W. Swainson’. I assume, therefore, that this cannot be William Swainson (1789 – 7 December 1855) who published on insects and was an active member of the ESL from 1837. A box of exotic Chrysomelidae and another of exotic Curculionidae ‘ex collection W.Swainson’, are in the Cambridge Museum, and Smith (1986) p.88 refers to letters, woodcuts, etc. in the HDO dating from 1828-33. (MD 11/04)
SWALE, Harold 1853 – 3 May 1919 Born in Brittany the second son of Rev H.J.Swale of Ingfield Hall, Settle. Entered the medical profession and settled at Tavistock.. His main interest was in the Hymenoptera but he made extensive collections of Coleoptera particularly in New Zealand where he spent three years from 1900 and later during other appointments he took in Africa, India, New Zealand, again, and Samoa. H.E.Andrewes states in his obituary in EMM., 55, 1919, pp.140-41, that Swale gave many of his Coleoptera during his lifetime (they knew each other for some sixty years) to him and to the NHM. Swale’s wife, who accompanied him on many of his field trips, gave his remaining Coleoptera and Hymenoptera to the NHM after his death in 1919. There are some ms notes by him on Hymenoptera in the NHM too. (MD 11/04)
SWANZY, Andrew 1817-1880 and Francis 1854 – 1920 Brothers who collected Coleoptera in both England and Africa which were aquired by Sevenoaks Museum in 1932. (MD 11/04)
SWINHOE, Ernest A collection of Coleoptera formed by this insect dealer, who lived in Oxford 1894 -1914 and was particularly interested in exotic butterflies, was acquired by Bastian Brothers of Reading in 1898. (MD 11/04)
SWINHOE, Ernest A collection of Coleoptera formed by this insect dealer, who lived in Oxford 1894 -1914 and was particularly interested in exotic butterflies, was acquired by Bastian Brothers of Reading in 1898. There is correspondence with Herbert Druce in the RESL (Pedersen (2002) p.63). (MD 11/04, 11/09)
SWYNNERTON, G.H. Gave 194 insects of various orders to the HDO in 1935 (Smith (1986) p.153). (MD 11/04)
SYKES, E. R. 1808 – 1854 Sykes’s collection in two cabinets of 30 and 16 drawers is in the Dorchester Museum. The 16 drawer cabinet also contains 4 drawers of Lepidoptera and is labelled ‘7’ and ‘From E.R.Sykes, Littlemayne, Oct. 1939’. The collection includes material from Tomlin (many specimens); A.Ford (many ) Hamlet Clark and J.C.Melvill (few). (MD 11/04) Sykes is referred to in a ms account of members of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society by R.F.Dalton in the Museum and also in the Proc of the Society, 75, p.32, which I have not seen. (MD 11/04)
SYKES, William Henry 25 January 1790 – 16 June 1872 A Colonel. Published three notes on insects one of which was devoted to the habits of Copris midas in Trans.ESL, 1, 1835, pp.130-32. There is a letter to Hope 1830 and a ms list of Coleoptera from India in the Museum of Col Sykes. 1833 in the HDO (Smith (1986) p.88). (MD 11/04)
SYME, J. Boswell A collection of Coleoptera and Lepidoptera belonging to Syme was sold after his death by Stevens on 20 May 1890 (Chalmers-Hunt (1976) p.123). (MD 11/04)

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