Bates, Henry Walter

EXPLORER, ENTOMOLOGIST (ENGLAND)
BORN 8 Feb 1825, Leicester - DIED 16 Feb 1892, London
GRAVE LOCATION London: East Finchley Cemetery and Crematorium [Saint Marylebone Cemetery], East End Road, Finchley

Henry Walter Bates was interested in botany and entomology from an early age. In 1844 he met Alfred Russel Wallace and with him he travelled to the banks of the Amazone in 1848. After two years they agreed to continue independently and he stayed in the area for eleven years and collected more than 8,000 new insects.

After his return to England he married Sarah Ann Mason in 1863. Stimulated by Charles Darwin's publications he described his findings in "The Naturalist on the Amazons" (1863). He was appointed assistent-secretary of the Royal Geographical Society in 1864 and he held this post until his death in 1892.

Sources
Henry Walter Bates - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Henry Bates at Saint Marylebone Cemetery, Finchley London.
Picture by Androom (27 May 2014)

 


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Published: 9 May 2015
Last update: 9 May 2015