A life devoted to describing tiny beetles – Colin Johnson (British Coleopterist)

Entomology Manchester

Colin Johnson (born 1943) was fascinated by the natural history since his childhood, starting with chasing butterflies at primary school. Many years later, he joined the Entomology Department of the Manchester Museum to which he eventually committed more than 40 years. During this time, he studied the taxonomy of several beetle families (order Coleoptera), and continued to undertake taxonomic research for at least 10 more years after his retirement in 2004.

Photo. Colin Johnson, Keeper of Entomology, Manchester Museum, 1980s. © The Manchester Museum
Photo. Colin Johnson, Keeper of Entomology, Manchester Museum, 1980s. © The Manchester Museum

As a teenager, being inspired by an enthusiastic biology teacher, Colin developed a real interest in the entomology. His teacher introduced him to Flatters & Garnett Ltd. – the entomology dealer and shop at Oxford Road – opposite the University of Manchester, and soon he discovered the entomological laboratory owned by the same company in Fallowfield. He joined the Manchester Entomological Society in the 1950s…

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