Biographical dictionary

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AITKEN, John Y. Published ‘On the Hylobius abietis or fir weevil’ in Trans.Highl.Agric.Soc.Scotland, (4) 11, 1679, pp.72-76. (MD 7.01)

Published 'On the Hylobius abietis or fir weevil' in Trans. Highl. Agric. Soc. Scotland, (4) 11, 1879, 72-76. (MD 8/17)


AITKEN, Audrey D.

Published 'A specimen of  Bostrychoplites cornutus (Olivier) to survive in Britain' in Entomologist's mon, Mag, 105, 1969, 107. At that time she was attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Surbiton, Surrey. (MD 8/17)

AIRY SHAW, Herbert Kenneth See SHAW, Herbert Kenneth Airy
ADAMSON, Charles Henry Ellison d. 25 June 1930

W.W.Fowler named Paussus adamsoni after Adamson who collected it at Minhu, Irawadi when stationed there as a Colonel in the Royal Artillery (FBI, Coleoptera, General Introduction, 1912, p.481). Later he became Assistant Commissioner and Chief Magistrate in Mandalay before leaving Burma after more than twenty years. On his return to England he lived at Crag Hall, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne. P.Davis and C.Brewer (1986) record that collections of Lepidoptera and Ethnographical material made by him are in the Hancock Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, together with published catalogues, but do not mention Coleoptera. Adamson was a Committee member of the Nat.Hist.Soc.Northumb. 1897-, Hon. Curator, Invertebrate Zoology, 1897- and Vice- President, 1903-07. (MD 7.01)

ADAMS, Herbert Jordan 1838-1912 Primarily interested in Lepidoptera (see obituaries in EMM., 48, 1912, p.243, and Trans.ESL., 1912, p.clxv) but Chalmers-Hunt, J.M. (1976) records that some British Coleoptera were auctioned by Stevens on 24 September 1912. Adams, who lived in Enfield for most of his life, was the brother of Frederick Charlstrom Adams and one of the founder members of the Enfield Entomological Society. He gave one collection to that Society and another, formed during the last thirty years of his life, of Lepidoptera to the NHM. This last (140,000 specimens) was given with the stipulation that it should be known as the ‘Adams Collection’. In a manuscript journal now in the University Museum, Cambridge, Oliver Janson records that he acquired beetles at the sale of the ‘Adams Collection’ in May 1873 and perhaps this may have been an earlier collection formed by Adams. Correspondence relating to the sale is in the Janson archive in the NHM. FES 1877-1912. (MD 7.01)
ADAMS, Frederick Charlstrom d. February 1920 Best known as a New Forest Dipterist (see obituaries in Ent.News, 32, 1921, p.64 and EMM., 56, 1920, p.256; his collections are in the NHM) but he did show an example of Cantharis rustica Fallen at the ESL in 1892 (Trans.Proc., 1892, p.iv) and I have seen beetles collected by him in the general collection at Doncaster Museum. Chalmers-Hunt, J.M. (1976) notices that a collection of beetles formed by Adams was auctioned by Stevens on 11 March 1919, but Hancock,E.G. and Pettit, C.W. (1979), state that this was, in fact, a collection of Diptera in six boxes and is now in Bolton Museum and Art Gallery. There is a letter from Adams to C.B.Wainwright from Victoria Street, London SW dated 1909 in the RES (Pedersen (2002) p.118). (MD 7.01, 11/09)
ADAMS, Arthur 1820-1878 Published a ‘Systematic list of the Coleoptera found in the vicinity of Alverstoke, South Hants.’ in Zool, 14-16, 1856-58. Immediately after he seems to have travelled to the Far East, notes about the beetles he found there being published in Zool in 1860, 1861 and 1863, and in AMNT in 1861. Nissen, C.(1969) lists him as the Editor of The Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Samarang under the Command of Capt. Sir Edward Belcher during the years 1843-46, (1848-), 1850, which includes 106 plates of insects, and as a contributor to G.B.Sowerby, Thesaurus Conchyliorum, (1842-), 1847-87. In 1870 he published a book entitled Travels of a Naturalist in Japan and Manchuria. Listed in Ent.Ann., 1860, at Brook Cottage, Alverstoke, Hants., together with his wife who is also recorded to have an interest in British beetles. There are Coleoptera collected by Adams in the Rippon Collection, NMW (information from A.H.Kirk-Spriggs). (MD 7.01)
ACKLAND, M. There are Coleoptera bearing this name in the collection at Oldham Museum (Information from S.Hayhow). Perhaps this is the D.M.Ackland who recorded the presence of Dorcus parallelipipedus (L.) with ants in a tree at Weston-super-Mare in EMM., 79, 1943, p.251, and who at that time lived at 17 Grange Park, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol? (MD 7.01)
ABRAHAM, J. J.F.Stephens (1828) p.48 records that a J. Abraham presented him with a ‘fine and perfect’ male of Carabus intricatus found in some dried wood brought from the vicinity of Ashburton. (MD 7.01)