Snodgrass, R. E. (Robert E.), 1875-1962

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Biographical History

Robert E. Snodgrass was born July 5, 1875, spending part of his childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, moving to Wetmore, Kansas, in 1883, and 1890 to Southern California. He developed an interest in natural sciences and taxidermy in childhood. Snodgrass earned an A.B. in 1901 from Stanford University. During college he took part in field work in the Pribiloff Islands of Alaska and the Galapagos Islands with Edmund Heller. Snodgrass worked in a variety of jobs in the natural sciences and visual arts during his career. After graduation he taught at State College of Washington in Pullman, and later professor of entomology at Stanford University 1903-1905. He eventually came to work at the Bureau of Entomology, U.S. Department of Agriculture and its experiment station in Sligo, Maryland. He retired in 1945. After retirement, he continued to work, including as a lecturer at the University of Maryland. He was author of The Anatomy of the Honey Bee (Washington. Government Printing Office, 1910).


Thurman, Ernestine B. (1959). “Robert Evans Snodgrass, Insect Anatomist and Morphologist.” Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, 137, 1-22. Retrieved from

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