RIP Roger Crosskey NHM Dipterist Sept 5, 2017 22:11:13 GMT africaone likes this Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostMemberGive GiftBack to Top Post by Adam Cotton on Sept 5, 2017 22:11:13 GMT I have just received this from Daniel Whitmore via the Taxacom e-mail list:Sadly, former member of NHM staff and entomologist Roger W. Crosskey passedaway yesterday after a brief period in hospital.He will be remembered for his outstanding contributions to dipterology,most notably on the biosystematics of Simuliidae and Tachinidae but also ofother calyptrate families such as the Muscidae, Rhinophoridae andCalliphoridae. His works include several large monographs published in theBulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) such as the taxonomicconspectuses of Oriental and Australasian tachinids. He was editor-in-chiefof the Afrotropical Diptera Catalogue and contributed chapters to theAfrotropical, Australasian and Oriental regional catalogues, which arestill widely in use by the scientific community today, and is author of thecornerstone book on simuliids, “The Natural History of Blackflies”. He wasa respected biogeographer and a member of the management committee for theInternational Trust for Zoological Nomenclature.Roger began his career as a medical entomologist for the Nigerian Ministryof Health (1951-1958), then worked for the Commonwealth Institute ofEntomology (1959-1972) before joining the Natural History Museum. Hestarted as head of the Hymenoptera section, then moved to Diptera as headof section before being promoted to Senior Principal Scientific Officer andspending his last years purely on research. He retired in 1990 but remainedas a Scientific Associate until 2016.He will be warmly remembered by former colleagues and friends and by all ofthose who are familiar with his scientific legacy.