Adam White (zoologist)

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Adam White
Portrait of Adam White.jpg
Portrait by Norman Macbeth, 1846.
Born (1817-04-29)29 April 1817
Edinburgh
Died 30 December 1878(1878-12-30) (aged 61)
Resting place Pollokshields
Nationality Scottish
Fields Entomology, carcinology
Institutions British Museum

Adam White (29 April 1817 – 30 December 1878) was a Scottish zoologist.

Biography[edit]

White was born in Edinburgh on 29 April 1817.[1] He became acquainted with John Edward Gray, Keeper of Zoology at the British Museum. At the age of eighteen, White obtained a post in the Museum in the Zoology Department.[1]

White specialised in insects and crustaceans, writing the List of the Specimens of Crustacea in the British Museum (1847) and A Popular History of Mammalia (1850).[1] White was a member of the Entomological Society of London from 1839 to 1863, and a Fellow of the Linnean Society from 1846 to 1855.[1]

White suffered a nervous breakdown after the death of his first wife in 1861. He remarried in 1862, and had at least three children by his second wife. He died intestate in Pollokshields on 30 December 1878.[1]

Species named in White's honour[edit]

John Obadiah Westwood named the insect species Taphroderes whitii in White's honour, after White pointed a specimen of that same insect out to Westwood during a visit to the British Museum.[2]

Selected works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e White, Adam (1817-1878), naturalist by Ann Datta in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The first edition of this text is available as an article on Wikisource:  "White, Adam". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  2. ^ Westwood, John Obediah (1848). The cabinet of oriental entomology. London, United Kingdom: William Smith. p. 32. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 

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