Charles Paul Alexander

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Charles Paul Alexander (September 25, 1889, Gloversville, New York - December 3, 1981) was an American entomologist who specialized in the craneflies, Tipulidae.

Charles Paul Alexander was the son of Emil Alexander and Jane Alexander (née Parker). Emil (the father) immigrated to the United States in 1873 and changed his surname from Schlandensky to Alexander. Charles entered Cornell University in 1909, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1913 and a Ph.D. in 1918. Between 1917 and 1919, he was entomologist at the University of Kansas, then from 1919 to 1922, at the University of Illinois.

He then became professor of entomology at Massachusetts Agricultural College at Amherst. He studied Diptera, especially in the family Tipulidae.[1] He described over 11,000 species and genera of flies, which translates to approximately a species description a day for his entire career.

In 1920, C.P. Alexander became a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America.[2]


Partial list A synopsis of part of the Neotropical Crane-flies of the subfamily Limnobinae (Tipulidae) 69 p - 4 pl (1913).


  1. ^ "Charles P. Alexander Papers". Record Unit 7298, Alexander, Charles P, (Charles Paul), 1889-1981. Smithsonian Institution Archives. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  2. ^ "List of ESA Fellows". Entomological Society of America. Retrieved 10 September 2019.

Anthony Musgrave (1932). Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775–1930, with biographical notes on authors and collectors, Royal Zoological Society of News South Wales (Sydney): viii + 380.

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From the Smithsonian Institution Archives