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George Henry Horn

Born: Apr 7, 1840

Death: Nov 24, 1897

Birthplace: Philadelphia

Nationality: United States

George Henry Horn

Date of Birth : Apr 7, 1840
Date of Death : Nov 24, 1897
Birth Place : Philadelphia

George Henry Horn was a U.S. entomologist who specialized in the study of beetles. Born in Philadelphia, Horn attended the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with a degree in medicine in 1861. From 1862 to 1866, he served in the American Civil War as surgeon to the infantry of the California Volunteers, during which time he collected insects extensively in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. He then returned to Philadelphia, where he established a medical practice, specializing in obstetrics, and was elected president of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia, the predecessor of the American Entomological Society. He would remain president of the latter society until his death. Working with the collection he had made during his service in the West, he published "more than 150 important papers, in addition to very many minor notes; in these papers about 150 genera and more than 1550 species are defined". He bequeathed his collections of insects to the American Entomological Society; they are now in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. According to the entomologist Neal L.

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