Primarily known as a Hymenopterist but also worked on Coleoptera. Probably born in London of Yorkshire parents and established a reputation as a steel engraver reproducing pictures by several well known artists. His youngest son Edgar Albert Smith (1847-1916) was a well known conchologist who worked in the BM, and his eldest son an artist.
Medical doctor, MRCS, LRCUP, who practiced for most of his professional life in Reading and Bradfield, Berks. before moving in 1932 to Kilburn, London. He died in Chichester. C. Mackechnie Jarvis, who wrote his obituary in EMM, 89, 1953, 213, notes that he was 'a genial man of somewhat excitable character' and that he had a serious motor accident in the late 1920s, but was able to continue practising although advised by his medical friends to retire.
Born in Eskrigg, Lancs. son of John Penny and has been called the first significant English entomologist. Studied as a teenager at Queen's College, Cambridge in 1546, moving to Trinity in 1550 where he graduated in 1551, became a Fellow in 1553 and then senior bursar. He was ordained and also acquired medical qualifications although he was barred from practising (see web entry on British History Online). He died in Gressingham, Lancs, where he lived for much of his life.