Nathan Banks circa 1915
April 13, 1868|
Roslyn, New York
January 24, 1953 (aged 84)|
|Alma mater||Cornell University (B.S. 1889, M.S. 1890)|
|Institutions||United States Department of Agriculture, Museum of Comparative Zoology|
|Doctoral advisor||John Henry Comstock (M.S. advisor)|
|Author abbrev. (zoology)||Banks|
Nathan Banks (April 13, 1868 – January 24, 1953) was an American entomologist noted for his work on neuroptera, megaloptera, hymenoptera, and acarina (mites). He started work on mites in 1880 with the USDA. In 1915 he authored the first comprehensive English handbook on mites: A Treatise on the Acarina, Or Mites (Smithsonian Institution, Proceedings Of The United States National Museum, 1905, 114 pages). Banks left the USDA in 1916 to work at the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) where he did further work on hymenoptera and neuroptera. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1922. He authored more than 440 technical works over the years 1890 to 1951. He was married to Mary A. Lu Gar and they had eight children. (One son was named Gilbert, but no other offspring are known by name.)
- "The Ten-year Book of Cornell University, Volumes 1-3 By Cornell University pp. 249".
- "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- Carpenter, F. M. & P. J. Darlington, Jr. 1954. Nathan Banks, A biographic sketch and list of publications. Psyche, vol. 61, pp. 81–110.
- PDF linked here
- US National Mite Collection History—accessed 25 April 2007
- Nathan BANKS - papers on Opiliones—accessed 25 April 2007
- New England Naturalists: A Bio-Bibliography—lists obituaries in professional journals—accessed 25 April 2007
- Checklist and Bibliography of the Megaloptera and Neuroptera of Florida—representative publications by Banks on neuroptera and megaloptera—accessed 25 April 2007
- MCZ Entomology Department—discusses work on hymenoptera—accessed 25 April 2007
- Works by Nathan Banks at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Nathan Banks at Internet Archive
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