Elected: 1987
Discipline: Organismal and Environmental Biology
Professor Philip Steven Corbet FRSE
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Philip Steven Corbet, who died on 13 February, 2008 aged 78 at his home in West Cornwall, was a zoologist ─ by inclination, training, experience and achievement. In particular, he was a specialist on the ecology of dragonflies and mosquitoes, and an earnest advocate of a human population policy. His father, Alexander Steven Corbet, at one time Deputy Keeper of Entomology at The Natural History Museum, was the recognised authority on Malaysian butterflies. The atmosphere in the Corbet family home was pervaded by his father’s love of natural history. Philip’s sister, Sarah A. Corbet, is an authority on British bumble bees and the pollination of plants by insects.