The David Rockefeller Beetle Collection


Monday, November 6, 2017, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

See also: 2017-2018

Brian D. Farrell, Curator in Entomology, Museum of Comparative Zoology; Professor of Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University

Introduction by Harvard Professor Emeritus Edward O. Wilson

At the heart of every great collection, be it art, books, or specimens, lies the soul of a passionate collector. David Rockefeller had a passion for beetles and collected more than 150,000 specimens, beginning as a seven-year-old naturalist and continuing throughout his life. This fall, his collection arrives at Harvard, where it will be housed at the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Brian Farrell will discuss the development of the collection and its significance to understanding Earth’s biodiversity.

If you are interested in reading more on the topic, we recommend "On The David Rockefeller Collection of Coleoptera (Beetles)" and "The Natural World: A Personal Reminiscence."

Lecture. Free and open to the public.

Free parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University

See also: Public Lectures