BALFOUR-BROWNE, Professor William Alexander Francis (1874-1967)

Scope and Content

Papers of Professor Frank Balfour-Browne, comprising correspondence relating to the Department of Entomology, and a grant to Richard B Pike, 1925-1936.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, 1874; educated at St Paul's School; studied botany at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating, 1896; called to the bar, 1898; studied zoology at Oxford, 1899; Assistant Naturalist, Marine Biological Association's Laboratory, Plymouth, 1900; Director of the Sutton Broad Laboratory, Norfolk, 1902; Naturalist to Ulster Fishery and Biology Department, Northern Ireland; Assistant in Biology at Queen's College, Belfast, 1906; Lecturer in Botany at Queen's University, Belfast; Lecturer in Entomology, University of Cambridge, 1913; served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, 1915-[1916]; Lecturer in Zoology (Entomology), University of Cambridge, 1917; Professor of Entomology, Imperial College, 1925-1930; President, Royal Microscopical Society, 1934-1935; Vice-President, Royal Entomological Society, 1934-1935; President, Zoological Section of the Royal Association, 1935; President, Association of British Zoologists, 1935; President, Society for British Entomology, 1939; died, 1967. Publications: include: Keys to the Orders of Insects; Concerning the Habits of Insects; Textbook of Practical Entomology (1932).

Access Information


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Separated Material

Entomological notes and papers, held at the National Museums of Scotland, Chambers Street; lecture notes, 1919-1920, held at Cambridge University, Department of Zoology.

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Custodial History

Accumulated by Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine during the course of business.

Related Material

Records of the Department of Zoology (KZ) and the Governing Body (GB), held at Imperial College.