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Biographical & Type Information - A

Alfieri
Amyot
Andersen
Antessanty
Ashlock
Assmann
Atkinson
Azam

Alfieri, Anastase (b. Mar. 23, 1892, Alexandria, Egypt; d. Mar. 4, 1971, Cairo, Egypt) - Main interest was in the Coleoptera, but produced faunistic work from the Egyptian area, usually with H. Priesner.  Most of his Egyptian Coleoptera collection was placed in the Museum G. Frey, Tutzing, Germany (MGFT), but some Coleoptera and Heterocera has been deposited in the U.S. National Museum, Washington, D.C.  See Howard (1930), Anonymous (1971), Butler (1972), and Stearn (1978) for biographical information.

Amyot, Charles Jean-Baptiste (b. Sept. 23, 1799, Vandeuvre, Aisne, France; d. Oct. 13, 1866, Paris, France) - French. Left as orphan early in life; taken in by Paris businessmen who lived near Audinet-Serville. Most important heteropteran work was Histoire naturelle des insectes Hťmipteres (1843) which he co-authored with Serville. He is also notable for the publication of Entomologie FranÁaise. Rhynchotes. HťmiptPres. HomomptPres. PhthiroptPres. PseudoptPres. Mťthode mononymique (1845-1846) which has been placed on the list of rejected works because it is largely mononomial. Maintained no personal collection, but worked with that of Serville and Musťum National díHistoire Naturelle, Paris (MNHN). Amyot usually indicated which sexes he had before him when he described a new species, but he did not indicate how many of each sex he had. So, all of his types should be considered STS until LTS can be designated. See Signoret (1866) for bibliography.

Andersen, Nils Mrller (b. ; d. May 12, 2004, Copenhagen) - Worked primarily on the Gerromorpha. Notable publication is The Semiaquatic Bugs (Hemiptera, Gerromorpha). Phylogeny, adaptations, biogeography, and classification (1982). Most of his work was conducted while at the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen (ZMUC).

Antessanty, Louis Gabriel dí (b. Oct. 24, 1834, Troyes, France; d. January 6, 1922, Troyes, France) - French. Notable publication: Catalogue des HťmiptPres-HťtťroptPres de líAube (1891). Personal collection went to M. Royer (Moret sur Loing), whose collection is now in the Paris Museum (MNHN). See Royer (1922) for information on hemipteran types in Antessantyís collection. See Anonymous (1922a, b), Vincent (1987), and Constantin (1992) for biographical information.

Ashlock, Peter D. (b. Aug. 22, 1929, San Francisco, CA, USA; d. Jan. 26, 1989, Lawrence, KS, USA) - Early influence came from R. L. Usinger, later worked with J. Slater and H. G. Barber. Worked as curator, Bishop Museum (1964-1967); then professor, University of Kansas (1968-1989). Specialized on the Lygaeidae, especially the Orsillinae; also published on systematic methodology. Collection deposited in University of Kansas. See Slater & Polhemus (1990) for bibliography and list of names proposed. See Byers (1989a, b) and Polhemus (1989) for biographical information.

Assmann, August (b. 1819; d. 1898, Breslau) - Main interest was in the Lepidoptera, but did publish an occasional paper on Hemiptera. Collection was placed in the Zool. Univ. Mus., Breslau (UWCP?). See Letzner (1891) for biographical information.

Atkinson, Edwin Felix Thomas (b. Sept. 6, 1840, Tipperary, Ireland; d. Sept. 15, 1890, Calcutta, India) -  Passed into the Indian Civil Service in 1862. Published various non-Entomological works including a Gazatteer of Northwestern India and works on Indian Law. Entomologically, published 2 series on Indian Heteroptera from 1885 to 1890 in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. Also published a catalog on the Miridae [under Capsidae]. Died after a brief illness from Brightís disease. According to Horn et al. (1990), part of Heteroptera collection went to BMNH, and part went to Dresden via Staudinger & Bang-Haas. Some of Distantís papers seem to indicate that his collection is in the BMNH. See Anonymous (1890), Bergroth (1890), Walsingham (1890), Anonymous (1891a-c), Wilderman (1891), Anonymous (1892), and Poggi and Conci (1996) for biographical information.

Azam, Joseph (b. 1858; d. 1921) - Son of Charles Azam. Hemiptera collection went to M. Royer (Moret sur Loing) whose collection is now in the MNHN.

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