Biographical dictionary

The Biographical Dictionary of British Coleopterists is compiled and maintained by Michael Darby. The Dictionary can be accessed below, and see also the additional information provide by Michael:

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Namesort ascending Dates Biography
WILKINSON, Thomas c.1818 – 13 April 1876 Well-known Scarborough Micro-Lepidopterist who studied Coleoptera in later life. He published 8 notes in EMM. starting with ‘Ant’s nests beetles at Scarborough’ 2, 1865, p.14 and finishing with ‘Helophorus tuberculatus in Yorks’ 11, 1875, p.235. He is mentioned in the Gorham diary at Birmingham and the Janson diary at Cambridge eg. February 1870. Rye, Ent.Ann., 1869, p.26 records that Wilkinson sent him beetles for naming. His collection of beetles is in the Mason collection at Bolton (the specimens are marked in purple). There is an obituary in EMM., 12, 1876, p.279. (MD 12/04)
WILKIN, Simon 1790 – 1862 The wealthy Norwich naturalist and printer who employed John Curtis to curate his private museum and offered him a home, and who published Denny (1825). Some of his finds of beetles are recorded by Stephens (1828) pp.60, 158. He published a Catalogue of some rare insects in the collection of S. Wilkin, 1816, which I have not seen, and is recorded to have started a Catalogue of British Insects which was never published, but which formed the basis for Curtis’s Guide to the Arrangement of British Insects, 1829. (MD 12/04)
WILDING, Richard 19 June 1858 - 2 December 1949 Born at Croston, near Preston. Became interested in entomology at an early age. Collected both Lepidoptera and Coleoptera but the latter were always his main interest. Philip Harwood said of him that he was indefatigable worker and that he was indebted to him for such rarities as Aegialia rufa, Leiodes ciliaris and L. furva (EMM.,86, 1950, p.95). Wilding’s records are included in Willoughby Ellis (1889) and Sharp (1908). He wrote 8 notes in EMM. between 1884-88 but after that appears to have published most of his material through the LCES. Wilding’s collection amounting to some 10,000 specimens in 34 wooden store boxes, was purchased by Liverpool Museum for £75 after his death (50.36). It includes material from Bennett, Kinder, Newbery, Collins, J.J.Walker, Tomlin, Hallett, Bullock, M.L.Thompson and Harwood. The Museum also possesses a folder of ms material associated with it including a letter from R.W.Lloyd to Wilding’s daughter, Mrs Pritchard, asking about her father’s death, and a portrait. There are also beetles collected by him in the Kidson Taylor collection at Manchester. Member LCES from 1881 (Council 1890,; Vice President 1901,1904,1905; President 1914, 1919, 1924, 1927, 1932-34, 1946). (MD 12/04)
WHITTON, Miss M.E. Recorded by Lott (2009) as a collector in Leicestershire before 1901 (p.25). (MD 11/09)
WHITTACKER, O. His Coleoptera records are listed in Sharp (1908). FESL from 1913. (MD 12/04)
WHITEHEAD, John M. Gave and sold more than 1,800 beetles to Glasgow Museum in three lots between 1917 and 1926; 676 were described as foreign and the remainder as British and European. (MD 12/04)
WHITEHEAD, John 1861 – 1899 Lived c.1889-93 in Java, Malakka, Palawan, Borneo and the Philippines, when he collected beetles which were sold via Jansons. (MD 12/04)
WHITE, Michael George FRES from 1953 with an interest in wood boring beetles and forest insects. (MD 1/07)
WHITE, J.S. A Coleopterist who lived at Droylsdon, near Manchester. His collection was acquired by Tomlin. (Information from Adrian Amsden). (MD 12/04)
WHITE, Francis Buchanan 20 March 1842 – 3 December 1894 Well known botanist, Lepidopterist and Hemipterist who founded the Scottish Naturalist in 1871. Michael Taylor tells me that there are a large number of his beetles in Perth Museum which, together with those of Thomas McGregor, form the basis of the Museum collection. His obituary in ERJV., 6, 1895, p.56 makes no mention of Coleoptera. FESL 1868-94. Gilbert lists 8 other obituaries including Ent., 28, 1895, pp.25-27, which includes a portrait and bibliography. (MD 12/04)

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