Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Ferris, Gordon Floyd

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3788

Gordon Ferris was born in Kansas on January 2, 1893, then moved to Missouri with his family and four siblings. His mother died there in childbirth. Gordon moved at the age of 13 to live with his brother Leslie on a farm in Kansas. In 1909, he entered Ottawa University in Kansas but soon dropped out and went to work for a power company in Colorado. The power company funded education for its employees, and in 1912 sent Gordon to Stanford University in California. In 1917, he obtained the degree of M.A., became a teaching assistant there, and remained there for the rest of his 42-year academic career. He was a taxonomist and teacher. He worked on Anoplura, Mallo phaga, Coccoidea, Diptera-Pupipara, Cimicidae, and Polyctenidae, being an excellent collector of the insects that he studied. His collecting trips took him throughout the southwest of the USA, and to Mexico and China, and his museum study trips took him to the Natural History Museum (London) and to Cambridge University. He...

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