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Biographical entry Couchman, Leonard Edgar (1901 - 1992)

AM

Born
14 June 1901
England, United Kingdom
Died
17 June 1992
Tasmania, Australia
Occupation
Electrical engineer and Lepidopterist

Summary

Leonard Couchman was an electrical engineer by training and taught for many years in Tasmanian high schools, but is best know as an authority on Australian butterflies. For over 50 years he collected all over Australia ably assisted by his wife Ruth. The Couchman collection was significant for the number of types, its comprehensive coverage of Tasmanian butterflies, and the number of specimens from locations that have now disappeared under development. He donated the collection to the Australian National Insect Collection in 1990 together with extensive correspondence and notes.

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Events

1925
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1942
Life event - Moved to Tasmania
1992
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to entomology

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See also

  • Upton, M. S., A Rich and Diverse Fauna: the history of the Australian National Insect Collection 1926 - 1991, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 1997, 386 pp. Details

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