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Catesby, Mark (31 December 1682–23 December 1749), naturalist, botanist, and ornithologist, was born in Castle Hedingham, Essex, England, the son of John Catesby, a former town clerk, justice of the peace, and mayor of Sudbury, England, and Elizabeth Jekyll. He may have attended the local grammar school in Sudbury, but little is known of his educational record. It is thought that he had no university-level or formal legal training, although his eldest brother was a student at Cambridge University and the Inns of Court in London. Catesby was reasonably proficient in Latin, and it is possible that he either had some training in botany or some early experience in that field. It is also probable that he met and learned from the celebrated English naturalist John Ray sometime prior to the latter’s death in 1705....

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Meeuse, Bastiaan Jacob Dirk (09 May 1916–27 July 1999), botanist and naturalist, was born in the small town of Sukabumi on the island of Java, the son of Adrianus Meeuse and Jannigje Kruithof Meeuse. His father taught mathematics and natural science in an agricultural college, and his mother taught in a Dutch-language primary school for Chinese children. Both parents were in the Dutch East Indian colonial service. Bastiaan and his brother Adriaan, who was two years older than Bastiaan, were taught by their mother at home, and they also went to the Chinese school with her and sat in the back of the class. During free time the boys enjoyed the tropical environment, and started collecting and raising butterflies and moths....