William Kirby

William Kirby


by David F. Coppedge

William Kirby is considered the Father of Entomology, the study of insects.  From 1815 to 1826, with William Spence, he authored a four-volume encyclopedia of insects that is considered the foundational text on the subject.  He helped found the Entomological Society of London in 1833, and had his own extensive collection of insects.

Kirby freely spoke of the wisdom of the Creator expressed in the morphology, physiology and variety in the insect world.  He wrote the seventh Bridgewater Treatise – one of a set of books commissioned to show how the findings of science support the Christian view of an all-wise Creator.  For quotes by Kirby and more information on his life, accomplishments and teachings, we invite you to read a short biography by Christine Dao on William Kirby at ICR from her series Men of Science, Men of God.

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