Gilbert Arrow published over
100 papers on scarabaeoids during his career. He is probably best
known for his four volume work on lamellicorns in the Fauna of
British India and his synoptic book on Horned
Beetles. Although trained as an architect, he gave this
up after five years to obtain a position on the staff of the
Department of Zoology of the Natural History Museum in London in
1896. From this time on until his death, he devoted himself to
the study of beetles, especially scarabs. He retired in 1938
at the mandatory age of 65 but continued to do volunteer work in the
museum to within a few weeks of his death. His work for the
museum, especially during the war years, was invaluable, and he was
considered imperturbable, even when badly cut by flying glass when a
flying bomb fell outside the museum. His very broad
range of scarab papers was foundational for many of today's
Bacchus, M.E. 1974. A
catalogue of the type-specimens of the Cetoniinae (Coleoptera:
Scarabaeidae) described by G. J. Arrow with a complete bibliography
of his entomological works. Bulletin of the British Museum
(Natural History)(Entomology) 31: 25-44.
Blair, K. G.
1948. Obituary. Gilbert John Arrow. Entomologists
Monthly Magazine 84: 264.