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Dr. David Sharp, F.R.S.


DR. DAVID SHARP, whose name, it has been well said, is a household word wherever the science of entomology is pursued, died on August 27 at his home at Brockenhurst. His love of entomology, the great and continuing enthusiasm of his life, dated from his early childhood. Born in 1840 at Towcester, Northamptonshire, his early years were passed at Whittlebury, Northants, and at Stony Stratford. His parents later moved to London, and it was at Loudoun Road, St. John's Wood, that Herbert Spencer was an inmate of Sharp's father's house, as Spencer himself has related in his autobiography. Sharp himself said that his youthful intimacy with Spencer had influenced him considerably, and throughout his life he retained in Spencer's work an interest which found expression in the publication in 1904 of an article on “the place of Herbert Spencer in biology.”

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