Malcolm Burr

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Malcolm Burr
Born(1878-07-06)6 July 1878
Died13 July 1954(1954-07-13) (aged 76)
Alma materRadley College, New College, Oxford
Known forDermaptera, Orthoptera
Scientific career

Malcolm Burr (6 July 1878 - 13 July 1954)[1] was an English author, translator, entomologist, and geologist. He taught English at the School of Economics in Istanbul, and spent most of his life in Turkey.[2]


Burr was a noted specialist of earwigs (Dermaptera) and crickets and grasshoppers (Orthoptera).[3][4] He was the first to classify earwigs on the basis of copulatory organs,[5] and the diversity and biology of the earwigs of Sri Lanka is well studied due to major contributions by Burr in 1901.[6]

He also met and befriended the White émigré Paul Nazaroff, whose works he translated from Russian into English (including Hunted through Central Asia).[7]

Private life[edit]

He married Clara Millicent Goode in 1903 and they had four daughters, Gabrille Ruth Millicent, Rowena Frances, Yolanda Elizabeth and another.[8]


  • Burr, Malcolm, 1878-1954 (1910). "Dermaptera (Earwigs)". The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. London: Taylor and Francis. doi:10.5962/BHL.TITLE.8271. LCCN 10011886. OCLC 6081949. OL 7018915M. Wikidata Q51462985.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Burr, Malcolm, 1878-1954 (1913), Orthoptères. Catalogue Systématique et descriptif des Collections Zoologiques du Baron Edm. de Selys Longchamps (in French), Brussels, doi:10.5962/BHL.TITLE.9186, OCLC 9605023, OL 23323929M, Wikidata Q51515400{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Burr, Malcolm (1931). In Bolshevik Siberia, the land of ice and exile. London: H.F. & G. Witherby.
  • Burr, Malcolm (1933). A Fossicker in Angola.
  • Dersu the Trapper (translated by Malcolm Burr), published by Secker & Warburg, London 1939 (First English edition)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Captain Malcolm Burr Chevalier Order of the White Eagle 5th Class". Hazelwood School War Memorial. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  2. ^ Deborah Manley (2011). The Trans-Siberian Railway: A Traveller's Anthology. Andrews UK Limited. p. 265. ISBN 978-1-908493-30-9.
  3. ^ Holland, W. J. (1912). "Reviewed Work: Genera Insectorum by Malcolm Burr". Science. 36 (934): 716–717. doi:10.1126/science.36.934.716. JSTOR 1638103.
  4. ^ Rehn, James A. G. (1917). "On Orthoptera from the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil". Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 43 (3): 335–363. JSTOR 25076975.
  5. ^ Uvarov, B. P. (1954). "Dr. Malcolm Burr". Nature. 174 (4424): 294. Bibcode:1954Natur.174..294U. doi:10.1038/174294b0.
  6. ^ Wijesekara, Anura; Wijesinghe, D.P (2003). "History of insect collection and a review of insect diversity in Sri Lanka". Ceylon Journal of Science. 31: 43–59. CiteSeerX
  7. ^ Nazaroff, Paul (2002). Hunted through Central Asia. ISBN 978-0-19-280368-9. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Hazelwood School War Records". Retrieved 2020-03-01.

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