Brown, F. Martin (Frederick Martin), 1903-1993

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1903 - 1993

Biographical or Historical Note

F(rederick) Martin Brown was a geologist, entomologist, paleoentomologist, physiologist and teacher, associated with Colorado and the Rocky Mountains area for most of his working life, but with wide-ranging interests and projects. He was a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History from 1926 to 1929 and again from 1957 on, and published a number of papers in its Bulletin and in American Museum novitates. In his entomological work, Brown specialized in the study of Lepidoptera, particularly butterflies. One of his projects involved tracing the routes of 19th century collectors, including William H. Edwards and Theodore L. Mead, and studying the type specimens named by them. In another project he studied the taxonomical work of Johann C. Fabricius. From 1929 through the 1930s, Brown studied and collected in Jamaica, Yucat√°n and Ecuador; and in 1946, Costa Rica. He was a researcher at the Florissant (Colo.) Fossil Beds, studying the fossil insects, and also published works on geology. Brown died in 1993.

"Jamaica and Its Butterflies", publication 1971


    Library of Congress Name Authority File
    From biographical note for Brown's archive collection at the AMNH Library, Mss .B76-.B761, written by Ann Herendeen.

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American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History. Department of Invertebrates

Related Resources

F. Martin Brown papers, ca. 1926-1990
Repository: AMNH Special Collections, Mss .B76-.B761
F. Martin Brown papers, circa 1940-1980
Repository: AMNH Special Collections, Mss .B762

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Last modified: 2018 September 27


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