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Samuel Hubbard Scudder

Born: Apr 13, 1837

Death: May 17, 1911

Birthplace: Boston

Nationality: United States

Samuel Hubbard Scudder

Date of Birth : Apr 13, 1837
Date of Death : May 17, 1911
Birth Place : Boston

Samuel Hubbard Scudder was an American entomologist and palaeontologist. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Scudder may be most widely known for his essay on the importance of first-hand, careful observation in the natural sciences. The treatise on inductive reasoning, entitled "The Student, the Fish, and Agassiz", reflects his initial experience, learning really to see, under the tutelage of Louis Agassiz at Harvard University. He graduated at Williams College in 1857 and at Harvard University in 1862, was a leading figure in American entomology from 1858, and the first North American insect palaeontologist. He also undertook systematic work with Lepidoptera, Orthoptera, Mantodea and Blattodea and fossil arthropods, including the exquisitely preserved butterfly Prodryas persephone. A student of Mark Hopkins at Williams College and of Louis Agassiz at Harvard University, Scudder was a prolific writer, publishing 791 papers between 1858 and 1902, on insect biogeography and paleobiogeography, insect behavior, ontogeny and phylogeny, insect songs, trace fossils, evolution, insect biology and economic entomology. He also wrote on ethnology, general geology, and geography.

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  • Samuel H. Scudder
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