Lutz, Frank Eugene, 1879-1943

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Frank E. Lutz, a biologist and entomologist, was associate curator of the Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, 1917-1921, and chairman of Insects and Spiders, Dept. of Entomology, 1921-1943.

For his postgraduate work, Lutz concentrated in the new field of biometry, the combination of biology and mathematics, studying species of Gryllus (crickets) and Drosophila (fruit-flies), and developing a life-long interest in experimental biology. After joining the AMNH, Lutz went on 24 collecting field trips to locations in Europe, the United States, and Central and South America. During his tenure in the Dept. of Entomology, Lutz built it into one of the four largest repositories in the U.S., with 2 million specimens, and gained an international reputation for his research on the genetics, physiology, and ecology of insects. Lutz's particular interests involved insect sounds, diurnal rhythms, and insects' responses to environmental factors, especially ultraviolet light. He was an enthusiastic publicizer and popularizer of the study of insects, and of natural history in general. From 1925 to 1928, Lutz was the director of the Station for the Study of Insects (SSI) at Harriman State Park (N.Y.), and gave talks on the "nature trails" program at Bear Mountain State Park. He was the editor of the AMNH's scientific publications for many years.

From the description of Collection, 1915-1938 (bulk 1933-1938). (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 58838494

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creatorOf Lutz, Frank Eugene, 1879-1943. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1933. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Entomology. General correspondence files, 1909-1980, 1929-1960 (bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Aldrich, John Merton, 1866-1934. Correspondence, 1925 Mar. 31-1925 Dec. 30. American Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Kearfott, William Dunham, 1864-1917. Papers, 1896-1915. American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn Brand, Albert Rich. Albert Rich Brand papers, 1928-1940. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Weed, Clarence Moores, 1864-1947. Correspondence, 1885-1935. American Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Andrews, C. W. (Charles William), 1862-1940. [Collected papers by various scientists]. American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn Cornell University Press and Comstock Publishing Company records, [ca. 1880-1935] Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Lutz, Frank Eugene, 1879-1943. Collection, 1915-1938 (bulk 1933-1938). American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Lutz, Frank Eugene, 1879-1943. A discussion of certain problems of variation and correlation / by Frank E. Lutz. American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn Cornell University Press. Cornell University Press and Comstock Publishing Company records, [ca. 1880-1935]. Cornell University Library
creatorOf William King Gregory papers, 1889-1948 (bulk 1906-1948) American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn Teale, Edwin Way, 1899-1980. Papers, 1799-1995 and undated Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
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associatedWith Aldrich, John Merton, 1866-1934. person
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Entomology corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Entomology. corporateBody
associatedWith Brand, Albert R. (Albert Rich) person
associatedWith Cornell University Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Gregory, William K. (William King), 1876-1970. person
associatedWith Kearfott, William Dunham, 1864-1917. person
correspondedWith Provine, William B. person
associatedWith Teale, Edwin Way, 1899- person
associatedWith Weed, Clarence Moores, 1864-1947. person
associatedWith Wever, Ernest Glen, 1902- person
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United States
New York (State)--New York
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Variation (Biology)
Museum curators--Correspondence
Natural history museum curators Correspondence
Entomologists--Correspondence
Biometry
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Birth 1879-09-15

Death 1943-11-27

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