GILBERT J. ARROW
Gilbert Arrow published
over 100 papers on scarabaeoids during his career. He is probably
best known for his four volume work on lamellicorns in the Fauna
of British India and his synoptic book on Horned Beetles.
Although trained as an architect, he gave this up after five
years to obtain a position on the staff of the Department of
Zoology of the Natural History Museum in London in 1896.
From this time on until his death, he devoted himself to the
study of beetles, especially scarabs. He retired in 1938
at the mandatory age of 65 but continued to do volunteer work
in the museum to within a few weeks of his death. His
work for the museum, especially during the war years, was invaluable,
and he was considered imperturbable, even when badly cut by
flying glass when a flying bomb fell outside the museum.
His very broad range of scarab papers was foundational for many
of today's studies.
Bacchus, M.E. 1974. A catalogue of the type-specimens
of the Cetoniinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) described by G.
J. Arrow with a complete bibliography of his entomological works.
Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History)(Entomology)
Blair, K. G. 1948. Obituary. Gilbert John
Arrow. Entomologists Monthly Magazine 84: 264.