Frank Eugene Lutz

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Frank Eugene Lutz
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Frank Eugene Lutz
Born September 15, 1879
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Died November 27, 1943 (1943-11-28) (aged 64)
Nationality United States
Education University of Chicago
Occupation entomologist
Employer American Museum of Natural History, New York City
Known for genetics of Drosophila

Frank Eugene Lutz (September 15, 1879 Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania – November 27, 1943) was an American entomologist.


He graduated from Haverford College, Pennsylvania, in 1900 (A.B.), then from the University of Chicago in 1902 (A.M.), and then entered University College, London, England, where he was a student of Karl Pearson.[1][2] He was resident investigator at the Carnegie Institution's new Station for Experimental Evolution at Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, New York from 1904 to 1909 where he did genetic studies of Drosophila. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1907. His thesis was on cricket variation.[1] In 1909, he became assistant curator of invertebrate zoology at American Museum of Natural History, New York City, becoming associate curator in 1916.[2] He was known for his interest in the genetics of Drosophila.[3]

He married Martha Ellen Brobson of Philadelphia in 1904. They had four children.[1]


He made numerous contributions to the scientific journals on the subjects variation, heredity, assortive mating, entomology, etc., and wrote:

  • Field Book of Insects (1917)
  • A Lot of Insects (1941)


  1. ^ a b c John C. Pallister (1973). "Lutz, Frank Eugene". Dictionary of American Biography. Supplement Three 1941-1945. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 
  2. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Lutz, Frank Eugene". Encyclopedia Americana. 
  3. ^ Emerson, A E (Mar 1944). "FRANK EUGENE LUTZ". Science. United States. 99 (2569): 233–4. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 17753043. doi:10.1126/science.99.2569.233.