Nebraska Authors

Myron Harmon Swenk

AKA: Published under Myron H. Swenk and M.H. Swenk

Born 1883-08-08 Polo, IL (USA)

Died 1941-07-17
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Swenk was a student of Lawrence Bruner at the University of Nebraska. Along with Bruner and Robert Wolcott, he was one of the founders of the Nebraska Ornithologist's Union in 1899, and continued to serve the NOU in various official capacities, including terms as its President, and editor of its publications, until his death. His fields of interest included economic entomology, the taxonomy of bees and their role in pollination, and bird life in Nebraska. He began his career at the University of Nebraska as Laboratory Assistant in Entomology in 1904, and through intermediate posts advanced to Professor of Economic Entomology in 1914, Professor of Entomology in 1925, and served as Chair of the Department of Entomology from 1919 until shortly before his death in 1941. He served as Nebraska State Entomologist from 1919 to 1927.

See John T. Zimmer, "Myron Harmon Swenk, 1883-1941," The Wilson Bulletin, Vol. 55, No. 1 (March, 1941), 47-50.

Places Lived

Beatrice, NE
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Entomology and Entomologists; Economic Entomology; Ornithology and Ornithologists; Insects; Birds; University of Nebraska Faculty


Beatrice, NE High School, 1901
BA, University of Nebraska, 1907
MA, University of Nebraska, 1908



Places Worked

University of Nebraska


Numerous professional papers and government reports on economic aspects of entomology and pest management.
Co-author, with Lawrence Bruner and Robert H. Wolcott of A Preliminary Review of the Birds of Nebraska. 1904.

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