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Lord Walsingham, F.R.S

Nature volume 104, page 376 (11 December 1919) | Download Citation



LORD WALSINGHAM, whose death from pleurisy took place on December 3, in his seventy-seventh year, was a man very highly esteemed in many circles, and in none more than in those devoted to the study of natural history. As an entomologist he was greatly distinguished, and the work and influence which he brought to bear in promoting the study of insects were widely known, and have borne much good fruit. His work was not of the type associated with the name of Fabre, the famous French observer, but he by no means neglected the study of the living insect, and was keenly interested in every problem on which entomology could help to throw light. He saw also its economic importance, and he had the wisdom to know how greatly its value in every direction depended upon the accurate identification of species, and how this in its turn depended upon good methods of classification and arrangement, and upon an exact and stable system of nomenclature. His own studies, and such influence as he could exert, were, in consequence, largely directed towards the fundamental work of naming and describing species, and improving the means that would lead to their more easy identification.

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