James Allen Harker

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James Allen Harker FLS (31 July 1847 – 19 December 1894) was an English entomologist, professor of natural history at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, Gloucestershire from 1881 until his death.[1]

He was a fellow of the Linnean Society from 1883. He was also a sometime correspondent of Charles Darwin.[2]

He married in 1885 Lizzie Watson. Their sons were Oswald Allen Harker CBE (1886–1968) and Arthur William Allen Harker CBE (1890-1960). He died in 1894. After his death his widow had a successful career as an author.


  1. ^ Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturists Including plant collectors, flower painters and garden designers, Ray Desmond – Proceedings of the Linnean Society, 1894, pp. 32-33.
  2. ^ "Darwin Correspondence Project » Namereg: 2122". Darwinproject.ac.uk. Retrieved 2015-09-05.