Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Ford, Edmund Brisco

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3867

Edmund Ford was born in the county of Cumbria, England, on April 23, 1901. In 1920 he entered Oxford University as an undergraduate. He never left, and after his degrees became lecturer in zoology and comparative anatomy. His interests turned toward genetics, he became director of the genetics laboratory within the Zoology Department and, from 1963 to 1969, professor of ecological genetics. One of his interests was in archaeology. A second interest, in wildlife conservation, led to establishment in England of the Nature Conservancy Council, on which he served from 1949 to 1959. His special contribution in genetics was as “inventor” of ecological genetics, but his contributions to medical genetics led to his nomination as an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1974. Already in 1946 he had been elected a fellow of The Royal Society. His work in ecological genetics involved especially numerical fluctuations in populations of butterflies, and the concurrent changes in...

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