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BURNETT, Waldo Irving, naturalist, born in Southborough, Massachusetts, 12 July, 1828; died in Boston, 1 July, 1854. He was interested from his boyhood in entomology, studied medicine under the direction of his father, a physician, was graduated at Harvard medical school in 1849, and spent some time in Europe, studying natural history and making microscopic observations. After his return to the United States, though suffering from consumption, he accomplished much valuable scientific work, the results of which were published in the "Journal" and "Proceedings" of the Boston society of natural history, the "Memoirs" of the American academy of arts and sciences, the "American Journal of Science," the "Transactions" of the American medical association for 1853, and the "American Journal of Medical Science." His principal work was a prize essay on "The Cell, its Physiology, Pathology, and Philosophy, as deduced from Original Observations; to which is added its History and Criticism," published by the medical association. He was engaged at the time of his death in translating from the German the "Comparative Anatomy" of Siebold and Stannius.
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