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Nathan Banks (April 13, 1868 – January 24, 1953) was an American
entomologist Entomology () is the scientific Science () is a systematic enterprise that Scientific method, builds and organizes knowledge in the form of Testability, testable explanations and predictions about the universe."... modern science is a ...

entomologist
noted for his work on
Neuroptera The insect order (biology), order Neuroptera, or net-winged insects, includes the lacewings, Mantispidae, mantidflies, antlions, and their relatives. The order consists of some 6,000 species. Neuroptera can be grouped together with the Megalopt ...

Neuroptera
,
Megaloptera Megaloptera is an order Order, ORDER or Orders may refer to: * Orderliness Orderliness is a quality that is characterized by a person’s interest in keeping their surroundings and themselves well organized, and is associated with other qu ...
,
Hymenoptera Hymenoptera is a large order Order or ORDER or Orders may refer to: * Orderliness Orderliness is associated with other qualities such as cleanliness Cleanliness is both the abstract state of being clean and free from germs, dirt, trash, or wa ...

Hymenoptera
, and
Acarina The Acari (or Acarina ) are a taxon In biology Biology is the natural science that studies life and living organisms, including their anatomy, physical structure, Biochemistry, chemical processes, Molecular biology, molecular intera ...
(mites). He started work on mites in 1880 with the
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. In 1915 he authored the first comprehensive English handbook on mites: ''A Treatise on the Acarina, Or Mites'' (Smithsonian Institution, Proceedings Of The United States National Museum, 1905, 114 pages). Banks left the USDA in 1916 to work at the
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(MCZ) where he did further work on
Hymenoptera Hymenoptera is a large order Order or ORDER or Orders may refer to: * Orderliness Orderliness is associated with other qualities such as cleanliness Cleanliness is both the abstract state of being clean and free from germs, dirt, trash, or wa ...

Hymenoptera
,
Arachnida Arachnida () is a class Class or The Class may refer to: Common uses not otherwise categorized * Class (biology), a taxonomic rank * Class (knowledge representation), a collection of individuals or objects * Class (philosophy), an analytica ...

Arachnida
and
Neuroptera The insect order (biology), order Neuroptera, or net-winged insects, includes the lacewings, Mantispidae, mantidflies, antlions, and their relatives. The order consists of some 6,000 species. Neuroptera can be grouped together with the Megalopt ...

Neuroptera
. He was elected a Fellow of the
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American Academy of Arts and Sciences
in 1922. In 1924, he spent about two months in Panama, through kindness of Dr.
Thomas Barbour Thomas Barbour (August 19, 1884 – January 8, 1946) was an American herpetologist. From 1927 until 1946, he was director of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) founded in 1859 by Louis Agassiz at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mas ...
and in company with Dr.
W.M. Wheeler
W.M. Wheeler
. Between mid June and mid August they divided time between forested regions on Barro Colorado Island and more open habitat at various points along the railroad in the vicinity of Panama City (See Banks, 1929 "Spiders of Panama" for details). He authored more than 440 technical works over the years 1890 to 1951. He was married to Mary A. Lu Gar and they had eight children. (One son was named Gilbert, but no other offspring are known by name.)


References

* Carpenter, F. M. & P. J. Darlington, Jr. 1954. Nathan Banks, A biographic sketch and list of publications. ''Psyche'', vol. 61, pp. 81–110.


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accessed 25 April 2007

accessed 25 April 2007

lists obituaries in professional journals—accessed 25 April 2007

representative publications by Banks on neuroptera and megaloptera—accessed 25 April 2007
MCZ Entomology Department
discusses work on hymenoptera—accessed 25 April 2007 * * 1868 births 1953 deaths People from Roslyn, New York American entomologists American arachnologists Hymenopterists Cornell University alumni Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Scientists from New York (state) {{US-entomologist-stub