Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Hewitt, Charles Gordon (England-Canada
Photo courtesy of Jeff Cumming. |In 1909,
at the age of merely twenty-four, Hewitt was made Dominion Entomologist
of Canada, and in succeeding years proved to be both a very able administrator,
and a leader in the emerging field of economic entomology. His own
writings featured an emphasis on medical entomology, especially as
related to particular insect pests. His single best known writing
now, however, is his The Conservation of the Wild Life of Canada,
published posthumously in 1921. Other high points of his career include
his central role in the development of the Migratory Birds Treaty
of 1916, and the Destructive Insect and Pest Act of 1910. Sadly, Hewitt's
brilliant career was cut short when he died of influenza and
pneumonia in 1920.
--born near Macclesfield, England, on 23 February
--1902: B.Sc., Manchester University
--1902-1904: assistant lecturer in zoology,
--1903: M.Sc., Manchester University
--1904-1909: lecturer in economic zoology, Manchester
--1909: D.Sc., Manchester University; emigrates
--1909-1916: Dominion Entomologist of Canada
--1910: drafts and helps get passed the Destructive
Insect and Pest Act
--1912: publishes his House-flies and How
They Spread Disease
--1913: president, Entomological Society
--1914: publishes his The House-fly, Musca
--1914-1920: honorary treasurer, Royal
Society of Canada
--1915: president, American Association of Economic
--1916-1920: Dominion Entomologist and Consulting
Zoologist of Canada
--1916-1920: secretary, Advisory Board on Wildlife
--1918: receives gold medal of the Royal Society
for the Protection of Birds
--1918-1919: president, Ottawa Field-Naturalists'
--dies at Ottawa, Canada, on 29 February 1920.
--1921: posthumously publishes his The
Conservation of the Wild Life of Canada
--Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol.
--Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada, Ser. 3, Vol. 14
(1920), Proceedings: vi-viii.
--Biographical Dictionary of American and
Canadian Naturalists and Environmentalists (1997).
--Canadian Entomologist, Vol. 52 (1920): 97-105.
--American Entomologists (1971).
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