Uvarov, Boris Petrovich

Uvarov, Boris Petrovich


Born Oct. 24 (Nov. 5), 1888, in the city of Ural’sk; died Mar. 18,1970, in London. Russian entomologist.

After graduating from the University of St. Petersburg in 1910, Uvarov worked an an entomologist in southern Russia. He left Menshevik Georgia in 1920 and moved to Great Britain, where he lived until his death.

Uvarov was director of the International Locust Research Center from 1929 to 1940. In 1945 he became director of the Anti-Locust Research Centre, a post he held until 1959, whereupon he became chief consultant. His research dealt mainly with the taxonomy, fauna, ecology, geography, population biology, and control of locusts. He advanced the theory of phase variability in insects and developed the science of locusts (acridology) and applied biogeography. He made a major contribution to the study of the insect fauna of the USSR and proposed a number of measures to protect plants.

Uvarov was an honorary member of the All-Union Entomological Society and a fellow of the Royal Society of London (1950).


Saranchevye Evropeiskoi chasti SSSR i Zapadnoi Sibiri. Moscow, 1925.
Sarancha i kobylki. Moscow-Leningrad, 1927.
Saranchevye Srednei Azii. Tashkent, 1927.
Insect Nutrition and Metabolism. London, 1928.
“Insect and Climate.” Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1931, vol. 79, part 1.
Recent Advances in Acridology: Anatomy and Physiology of Acrididae. London, 1948.
Grasshoppers and Locusts, vol. 1. Cambridge, 1966.