William Dandridge Peck

Mounted pickerel, collected from the Charles River, Boston, 1790, by William Dandridge Peck

American naturalist, the first native-born entomologist and a pioneer in the field of economic entomology.

- William Dandridge Peck

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Thaddeus William Harris

American entomologist and librarian.

Harris became interested in entomology while still a student at Harvard where he attended the natural history lectures of William D. Peck.

John Peck (naval architect)

American merchant and naval architect of the 18th century.

John Peck was married to Hannah Jackson, died 1770, with whom he had a son, William, born in 1763.

Asa Gray House

HABS survey as the Garden House, is a historic house at 88 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Asa Gray House.
Detail of 1854 map of Cambridge, showing "Prof. A. Gray Botanic Garden" on Garden Street

It was built for the zoologist William Dandridge Peck, and originally stood at the corner of Garden and Linnaean Streets in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the grounds of the Harvard College Botanical Garden.

Timeline of entomology – prior to 1800

13,000 BC

1800-1700 BC, Minoan jewellery, Malia, Crete: two golden bees over a honey comb
Carlo Crivelli Madonna
Portrait de Conrad Gessner
Ulisse Aldrovandi
Robert Hooke's microscope
Flea drawn by Buonanni (1691).
René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur.
Maria Sybilla Merian
Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy
Johann Christian Schreber
Plate 1 Schaeffer, Jacob Christian (1766) Elementa entomologica.
Eugen Johann Christoph Esper.
Plate from Johann Ludwig Christ Naturgeschichte, Klassifikation und Nomenklatur der Insekten vom Bienen
Karl Ernst von Baer.
A scarab beetle, depicted on the walls of Tomb KV6 in the Valley of the Kings.
A carved steatite scarab amulet – circa 550 BC.

William Dandridge Peck "The Description and History of the Canker Worm" Mass. Mag. Vol.7. Peck was the first Native American entomologist.

Massachusetts Historical Society

Major historical archive specializing in early American, Massachusetts, and New England history.


The society incorporated in 1794; signatories included William Baylies, Jeremy Belknap, Alden Bradford, Peleg Coffin, Manasseh Cutler, John Davis, Daniel Davis, Aaron Dexter, John Eliot, Nathaniel Freeman, James Freeman, Thaddeus Mason Harris, Isaac Lothrop, George Richards Minot, John Mellen Jr., Thomas Pemberton, William Dandridge Peck, John Prince, Ezekiel Price, James Sullivan, David Sewall, Peter Thacher, William Tudor, Samuel Turell, Dudley Atkins Tyng, James Winthrop, Thomas Wallcut, Redford Webster, and William Wetmore.

Asa Gray

Considered the most important American botanist of the 19th century.

Asa Gray in the 1870s
Gray in 1841
Shortia galacifolia, which Gray named
Suksdorfia violacea, the type species of its genus
Photograph by John Adams Whipple, 1864
Aesculus discolor by Gray, from Plates Prepared between the Years 1849 and 1859 to Accompany a Report on the Forest Trees of North America
Hymenoxys hoopesii (owl's claws), an example of Plummera named by Gray
Gray in 1867
Grave in Mount Auburn Cemetery

It had been built in 1810 for William Dandridge Peck and later occupied by Thomas Nuttall.

Geum peckii

Species of herbaceous, perennial flowering plant in the rose family known by the common name mountain avens.

Geum peckii

This plant was first collected in 1804 on Mount Washington by the botanist William Dandridge Peck.


Genus of fish in the family Stromateidae found in Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Peprilus triacanthus (W. Peck, 1804) (Atlantic butterfish)

List of botanists by author abbreviation (W–Z)

To find entries for A–V, use the table of contents above.

Scotsman James Hutton, father of modern geology

W.Peck – William Dandridge Peck (1763–1822)

William Oakes (botanist)

American botanist.

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He attended Harvard from 1816 and developed an interest in natural history under the guidance of his tutor, William Dandridge Peck.