Catalogue of Insects

Scope and Content

Insect/Babington/01Insect/Babington/01The title of the volume is: Catalogue of the Insects in my Cabinet and Boxes, as far as they are numbered. The book contains a list of insect specimens, numbered 1 to 2830, each with scientific name, locality and date. The last entry was made in 1864.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Cardale Babington (1808-1895) was born on 23 November 1808 in Ludlow, Shropshire. He studied at St John's College in Cambridge (B.A. 1830, M.A. 1833). Although he was at first inclined towards entomology, he soon became mainly interested in botany. He joined the Linnean Society of London in 1830 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1851. He was Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge from 1861 until his death on 22 July 1895. He published widely on botanical subjects, including the 'Manual of British Botany' (1843) and the 'Flora of Cambridgeshire' (1860).

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Description compiled by Kees Rookmaaker, Archives Hub project archivistwith reference to a biography of Babington in Proceedings of the Royal Society, vol. 59, pp. viii-x (1896).

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