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Horn, George Henry (07 April 1840–24 November 1897), entomologist and physician, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Philip Henry Horn, a pharmacist, and Francis Isabella Brock. Upon completion of his elementary education in Philadelphia in 1853, Horn enrolled in the city’s Central High School, from which he received the bachelor of arts degree five years later. Soon thereafter he entered the medical program of the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded the M.D. degree in 1861. During his days as a medical student Horn developed an interest in living and fossil marine invertebrates, and in 1860 he presented a paper before the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, in which he described three species of gorgonian corals. Over the next two years he published three papers on recent and fossil scleractinian corals. Meanwhile Horn had joined the Entomological Society of Philadelphia (later the American Entomological Society), before which, in 1860–1861, he presented three papers, the most significant of which was a presentation describing seven new species of Coleoptera, or beetles....

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Williams, Joseph Leroy (04 February 1906–01 July 1965), entomologist and medical practitioner, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, the son of Wiley Louis Williams and Lille Golden. His father, a Pullman Service employee with little formal schooling, urged the importance of a good education on his seven children—all of whom pursued college studies after high school. Joseph, the eldest, attended Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk. He had planned to follow his father into railroad work for a short time to earn money for college tuition, but was too young. Instead, he accepted a football scholarship to Morgan College in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1926, after a year at Morgan, he transferred to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, graduating with an A.B. in 1929. In 1934 he married Carrie Pauline Watson, an educator who became dean of women at Cheney State College. They had three children....