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Bates, Marston (23 July 1906–03 April 1974), naturalist and educator, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Glen F. Bates, a farmer and horticulturist, and Amy Mabel Button. In 1916 his father moved the family to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where young Bates was reared. An only child in a rather isolated environment, he developed an interest in insects (he collected butterflies) and an ambition to visit the tropics. He earned a B.S. in biology at the University of Florida in 1927....

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Tarr, Ralph Stockman (15 January 1864–21 March 1912), geologist, writer, and teacher, was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the son of Silas Tarr, a building contractor, and Abigail Saunders. He spent his boyhood in Gloucester, and after his graduation from the local high school in 1881, he entered Harvard University as a special student in the Lawrence Scientific School. His studies at Harvard were not continuous but spread over parts of several academic years (1881–1882, 1884–1885, 1886–1889, 1890–1892)....