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"LOUIS COMPTON MIALL (1842-1921), English biologist, was born at Bradford Sept. 12 1842, the son of a Congregational minister. At the age of 15 he became a junior teacher in a Bradford school, and there began the study of natural history, subsequently attending the Leeds School of Medicine for more systematic biological training. His connexion with the discovery of a new labyrinthodont from the coal-seams near Bradford introduced him to Huxley, from whom he had much assistance. In 1871 he became curator of the museum of the Leeds Philosophical Society, of which he was already secretary, and in 1876 he was appointed the first professor of biology in the Yorkshire College, afterwards the university of Leeds. This post he held until 1907. In 1892 he was elected F.R.S. He was Fullerian professor of physiology in the Royal Institution in 1904-5. He presided over the zoological section of the British Association (1897) and the education section (1908). Though his earlier work was mainly geological and palaeontological, he eventually paid special attention to entomology (see 9.656, 13.429), laying much stress on the observation of living insects. He wrote a monograph (with Prof. A. Denny) on the cockroach in 1886, and also Object Lessons from Nature (1891); Natural History of Aquatic Insects (1895); Round the Year (1896); Injurious and Useful Insects (1902); House, Garden and Field (1904); The Early Naturalists (1912). He died at Leeds Feb. 21 1921.

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