Preformation and Insect Development

  • Vincent B. Wigglesworth


I was exceedingly impressed to read the names of the nine previous recipients of the Swammerdam medal since this award was established in 1880. It is indeed an honour to have one’s name included in such distinguished company. I will say only one thing in support of my claims: that there has perhaps been no recipient before whose work has followed so closely and so sympathetically upon that of Jan Swammerdam. There are many discoveries of fundamental interest to the insect physiologist set out in the Biblia Naturae or Historia Generalis Insectorum; but I am thinking particularly of Swammerdam’s contribution to the understanding of growth and metamorphosis.


Epidermal Cell Juvenile Hormone Sensory Hair Insect Development Pigment Spot 


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© V. B. Wigglesworth 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent B. Wigglesworth
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  1. 1.Agricultural Research Council Unit of Insect PhysiologyUniversity of CambridgeUSA

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