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FORBES, Stephen Alfred, naturalist, born in Silver Creek. Ilk, 29 May 1844. He was educated at Beloit academy and Rush medical College, and received the degree of Ph.D. from the Indiana state University. During the civil war He held the appointment of captain in the Illinois volunteer cavalry. In 1877 he founded the Illinois state laboratory of natural history, and became its director, which office he has since held. Dr. Forbes also instituted the natural history survey of Illinois, of which he has charge, and he is likewise professor of zoo1ogy and entomology in the University of Illinois. In 1882 he became state entomologist, and is the author of the " Annual Reports of the State Entomologist on the Noxious and Beneficial Insects of the State of Illinois" (Springfield, 1882'5). Beside many zoological and educational papers contributed to various journals, he has published " Studies of the Food of Birds, Fishes and insects " (Peoria, 1883); "Studies of the Contagious Diseases of Insects" (1886); and has edited the "Bulletin of the Illinois State Laboratory of Natural History" (vols. i. and ii.), and " Report on the Natural History Survey of Illinois" (vol. i., Ornithology, Springfield, 1887).
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