Kirby has been called the "Father
of Entomology" in England and was probably one of the most
famous entomologists of all time. He was a minister for 58 years
and extensively studied insects during that time. He wrote many
entomological papers, and he knew personally or corresponded
with most of the important entomologists of the time. He met
William Spence in 1808, and together they published the first
volume of AN INTRODUCTION TO ENTOMOLOGY in 1815, the first popular
book on insects in English. He described numerous new species
of beetles from North America. His collections now reside in
the British Museum (Natural History) and the Linnean Society.
Essig, E. O. 1972. A HISTORY OF ENTOMOLOGY. Hafner Publishing
Co., New York. 1,029 pp.