Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Uhler, Philip Reese

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_2292

Philip Uhler was born at Baltimore, Maryland, USA, on June 3, 1835. He is known as America’s greatest hemipterist. Uhler was born into a prominent merchant family but was not interested in his father’s business, preferring natural history. In 1864 he was placed in charge of the insects at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, and the library at Cambridge, Massachusetts. He resigned in 1867 to return to Baltimore where he became assistant librarian at the Peabody Institute. In his spare time he studied entomology, economic entomology at first but then on Hemiptera. A book-buying trip to Europe in 1888 allowed him to examine many of Europe’s insect collections, and he soon became a leading authority in this field. However, failing eyesight caused him to give up these pursuits in 1890. Uhler named many of Hemiptera collected on the early explorations of western North America. Notable publications include “List of Hemiptera of the region west of the Mississippi River,...

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