Entomologists

Entomologists are biological scientists who pursue research on insects and spiders. Their area of research includes observing the life cycle and group behavior of insects. With the help of their research and knowledge in horticulture, genetics, physiology, forestry and microbiology, they identify and control harmful insects. They often use birds and harmless insects to check harmful insects. There are some entomologists who conduct research on particular insects like butterfly. Forensic entomologists deal with the study of insects regarding criminal activities. Their study helps to comprehend the duration of a dead body in a particular place. Entomologists also study the evolution process of insects. Medical entomologists examine the role of insects and spiders in the transmission of disease. Over the course of time there have been many famous entomologists who have enriched our understanding of these diverse species which account for more than two-thirds of all known organisms. This list of famous entomologists incudes names, such as Walter Reed, Paul R. Ehrlich, Charles Rothschild, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Johan Christian Fabricius and others.

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Walter Reed
(Military physician, Zoologist, Entomologist)

Walter Reed
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Birthdate: September 13, 1851
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belroi
Died: November 22, 1902

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Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild
(Biologist, Banker, Politician, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Entomologist, Lepidopterist)

Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild
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Birthdate: February 8, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England
Died: August 27, 1937

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Charles Rothschild
(Banker, Entomologist)

Charles Rothschild
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Birthdate: May 9, 1877
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London
Died: October 12, 1923

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Paul R. Ehrlich
(Entomologist, Zoologist, University teacher)

Paul R. Ehrlich
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Birthdate: May 29, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia

Paul R. Ehrlich is a biologist best known for the 1968 book The Population Bomb, which he co-authored with his wife, Anne. He kindled controversy for his views on the consequences of population growth in a world with limited resources. He has been called an "irrepressible doomster” by his critics, while his supporters credit him for spreading concern about overpopulation. 

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Pierre-André Latreille
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Birthdate: November 29, 1762
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
Died: February 6, 1833

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Mary Ward
(Naturalist)

Mary Ward
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Birthdate: April 27, 1827
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ballylin, County Offaly, Ireland
Died: 1869 AD

English nun Mary Ward was one of the first to show how influential women could be in the Church. Her work led to the development of the Congregation of Jesus and Blessed Virgin Mary, or the Loreto Sisters. She traveled on foot all across Europe, establishing schools and was often criticized by traditionalists.

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Jean-Henri Fabre
(Entomologist)

Jean-Henri Fabre
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Birthdate: December 21, 1823
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Leons, France
Died: October 11, 1915
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William Beebe
(Ornithologist)

William Beebe
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Birthdate: July 29, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: June 4, 1962
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Laurent Schwartz
(Mathematician, University teacher, Entomologist)

Laurent Schwartz
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Birthdate: March 5, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
Died: July 4, 2002

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John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury
(Anthropologist, Politician, Archaeologist, Prehistorian, Banker, Statistician, Naturalist, Zoologist, Entomologist)

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury
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Birthdate: April 30, 1834
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London
Died: May 28, 1913

British banker John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, better known as Sir John Lubbock, had also been an MP. However, he is best known for his contribution to ethnography and archaeology. He is also credited with coining the terms Paleolithic and Neolithic, and is known for his books on animal behavior.

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Giovanni Alfonso Borelli
(Physicist, Mathematician, Astronomer, Historian of mathematics, Entomologist)

Giovanni Alfonso Borelli
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Birthdate: January 28, 1608
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Naples
Died: December 31, 1679

While he matriculated in math and taught the subject later, Giovanni Alfonso Borelli also made pioneering discoveries as a physicist and physiologist. With works such as De Motu Animalium, he revolutionized the field of biomechanics, explaining muscular movements with the help of statics and dynamics.

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Johan Christian Fabricius
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Birthdate: January 7, 1745
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tøndern, Denmark
Died: March 3, 1808

Johan Christian Fabricius was a Danish zoologist. He specialized in "Insecta", which at that time included all insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and other anthropoids. He studied under the renowned Swedish zoologist Carl Linnaeus and went on to become one of the most important entomologists of the 18th century. He is credited to have named nearly 10,000 species of animals. 

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René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur
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Birthdate: February 28, 1683
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rochelle, La, France
Died: October 17, 1757

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Jan Swammerdam
(Biologist)

Jan Swammerdam
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Birthdate: February 12, 1637
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: February 17, 1680

Dutch naturalist Jan Swammerdam was the first to detect red blood cells. Though a qualified doctor, he never practiced medicine, and took to research instead. Known for his research on anatomy, he also revolutionized the study of insects, proving that the egg, larva, pupa, and adult are all the same organism.

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René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur
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Birthdate: February 28, 1683
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: La Rochelle
Died: October 17, 1757

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Clinton Hart Merriam
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Birthdate: December 5, 1855
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 19, 1942
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William Kirby
(Founder of Entomology)

William Kirby
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Birthdate: September 19, 1759
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Witnesham, Suffolk, England
Died: July 4, 1850

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Carlos Chagas
(Physician)

Carlos Chagas
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Birthdate: July 9, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oliveira, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died: November 8, 1934

Carlos Chagas was a Brazilian sanitary physician and bacteriologist. Also a clinician and researcher, he discovered Chagas disease, also called American trypanosomiasis, in 1909. He was working at the Oswaldo Cruz Institute in Rio de Janeiro at that time. He was also the first to discover the parasitic fungal genus Pneumocystis. He founded a nursing school as well. 

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Willy Burgdorfer
(Scientist)

Willy Burgdorfer
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Birthdate: June 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: November 17, 2014

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Thomas Say
(Entomologist)

Thomas Say
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Birthdate: June 27, 1787
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 10, 1834

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Thomas Eisner
(Ecologist and entomologist)

Thomas Eisner
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Birthdate: June 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 25, 2011

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Edward F. Knipling
(Entomologist)

Edward F. Knipling
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Birthdate: March 20, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Victoria, Texas, United States
Died: March 17, 2000
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Hieronymus Bock
(Botanist)

Hieronymus Bock
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Birthdate: 1498 AD
Birthplace: Heidersbach, Germany
Died: February 21, 1554

Hieronymus Bock was a Lutheran minister, credited with helping the philological scholasticism of medieval botany to evolve into modern science by categorizing plants according to their structural similarities. His major work, New Kreuterbuch, not only includes detailed description, but also careful illustrations of around 700 plants. For a time he also served as the physician to the prince of Zweibrücken.

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Carl Gustaf Mannerheim
(Entomologist, Judge and Politician)

Carl Gustaf Mannerheim
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Birthdate: August 10, 1797
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Askainen, Finland
Died: October 9, 1854

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Paul-Émile Botta
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Birthdate: December 6, 1802
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: March 29, 1870

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Charles Lee Remington
(Entomologist)

Charles Lee Remington
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Birthdate: January 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reedville, Virginia, United States
Died: May 31, 2007
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Paul Gervais
(Paleontologist)

Paul Gervais
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Birthdate: September 26, 1816
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 10, 1879

Alphonse Pyrame de Candolle
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Birthdate: October 28, 1806
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 4, 1893

Born to famous botanist Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, Alphonse Pyrame de Candolle had initially studied law but switched to botany later. Part of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, he made significant contributions to phytogeography. He also called the inaugural International Botanical Congress for standardizing botanical nomenclature.

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William Morton Wheeler
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Birthdate: March 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 19, 1937

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Rudolph Jacob Camerarius
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Birthdate: February 12, 1665
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tübingen, Germany
Died: September 11, 1721
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Charles De Geer
(Industrialist)

Charles De Geer
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Birthdate: January 30, 1720
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Finspång, Sweden
Died: March 7, 1778

Charles De Geer was a Swedish entomologist and industrialist. A respected entomologist, De Geer was made a member of the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences at the age of 19. In 1748, Charles De Geer was elected a member of the French Academy of Sciences. 

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Vincent Wigglesworth
(Entomologist)

Vincent Wigglesworth
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Birthdate: April 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kirkham, England
Died: February 11, 1994

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Charles Valentine Riley
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Birthdate: September 18, 1843
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England
Died: September 14, 1895

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Orator F. Cook
(Botanist, Entomologist)

Orator F. Cook
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Birthdate: May 28, 1867
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clyde, New York, United States
Died: April 23, 1949
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Ernest Doudart de Lagrée
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Birthdate: March 31, 1823
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Grenoble, France
Died: March 12, 1868

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Thomas R. Odhiambo
(Entomologist)

Thomas R. Odhiambo
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Birthdate: February 4, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nyanza Province, Kenya
Died: May 26, 2003
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John Henry Comstock
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Birthdate: February 24, 1849
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
Died: March 20, 1931

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Amnon Freidberg
(Entomologist)

Amnon Freidberg
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Birthdate: September 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel
Died: October 10, 2020

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Bill Ricker
(Entomologist, Ichthyologist)

Bill Ricker
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Birthdate: August 11, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waterdown, Hamilton, Canada
Died: September 8, 2001

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Leland Ossian Howard
(Entomologist)

Leland Ossian Howard
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Birthdate: June 11, 1857
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, United States
Died: May 1, 1950

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Filippo Silvestri
(Entomologist)

Filippo Silvestri
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Birthdate: June 22, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bevagna, Italy
Died: June 10, 1949

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Alfred E. Emerson
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Birthdate: December 31, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ithaca, New York, United States
Died: October 3, 1976

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René Jeannel
(Entomologist)

René Jeannel
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Birthdate: March 23, 1879
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 20, 1965

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Warwick Estevam Kerr
(Geneticist, Entomologist, Agricultural engineer)

Warwick Estevam Kerr
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Birthdate: September 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santana do Parnaíba, São Paulo, Brazil
Died: September 15, 2018

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Orlando Park
(American entomologist)

Orlando Park
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Birthdate: October 13, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Died: September 23, 1969