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Imperial Entomologist

During the best part of a decade in the subcontinent, Maxwell-Lefroy’s standing in the scientific community grew in leaps and bounds. In 1905, he played a significant role in the foundation of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) at Pusa, in the state of Bihar, overseeing the creation of a large entomology department. The IARI came into being at the behest of Viceroy and Governor General of India, Lord Curzon, and thanks to a £30,000 grant from American philanthropist, Henry Phipps. In the 21st century, now headquartered in New Delhi, it remains India’s premier institute for agricultural research, development and education, employing over 3,500 people. Unfortunately the original buildings and most of the early ...

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