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BIRGE, Edward Asahel, naturalist, born in Troy, New York, 7 September 1851. He was educated at the Troy high school in 1869, and graduated at Williams in 1873, after which he studied at Harvard, where, in 1878, he received the degree of Ph.D. In 1875 he was appointed instructor of natural history and zoology in the University of Wisconsin, and subsequently became professor in that department. He has contributed papers to scientific journals, and edited the revision of Professor James Orton's" Comparative Zoology" (New York, 1882), and also wrote the article on "Entomostraca" in the" Standard Natural History" (Boston, 1884).
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