Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
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Bequaert, Joseph Charles (Belgium-United States 1886-1982)


Bequaert began his career as a botanist, but his several year experience in the Belgian Congo early in the century increasingly involved him with invertebrates, especially mollusks. After emigrating to the United States in 1916 he moved into a quiet academic life of teaching and research (primarily taxonomy and natural history), mostly at Harvard, but later in life in the Southwest. His final important work was published at the age of eighty-seven.

Life Chronology

--born in Thurout, Belgium, on 24 May 1886.
--1908: Ph.D. in botany, Ghent University, Belgium
--1910-1912: entomologist, Belgian Sleeping Sickness Commission in the Belgian Congo
--1913-1915: botanical work in the Belgian Congo for the Belgian Colonial Government; also collects mollusks
--1916: emigrates to the United States
--1917-1922: research associate, American Museum of Natural History
--1921: becomes a naturalized U. S. citizen
--1923-1925: instructor of entomology, Harvard Medical School
--1925-1945: assistant professor of entomology, Harvard Medical School
--1929-1956: curator of insects, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
--1951-1956: Agassiz professor of zoology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard
--1954: president of the American Malacological Union
--1956: retires from Harvard
--1956-1960: professor of biology, University of Houston
--1960: made visiting entomologist, Department of Zoology, University of Arizona
--1973: publishes his The Mollusks of the Arid Southwest, with W. B. Miller
--dies at Amherst, Massachusetts, on 19 January 1982.

For Additional Information, See:

--The Nautilus, Vol. 96(2) (1982): 35.
--American Malacologists (1973): 203-204.

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