Born in 1857, Dr. Andrew Delmar Hopkins is widely recognized as the father of North American forest entomology. His contributions were unique and far-reaching in that he generated vast amounts of basic information on species descriptions, host plant associations, geographic ranges, and insect life histories, and also developed some of the most formative basic theories of plant-insect interactions and bioclimatic principles. He headed the Division of Forest Insects within the fledgling USDA for 19 years, laying the groundwork for its mission, structure, and approaches for decades to come. He interacted with many of the formative figures of American entomology, first as an employee and then as a recruiter and supervisor. In the process he shaped much of the fields of insect ecology and forest entomology as we practice them today. He received a number of awards, including being named an ESA Fellow in 1938.
"It is highly appropriate that ESA acknowledges Hopkins, considered by some as 'the Father of North American Entomology,' and I do not hesitate to place Dr. Raffa among the handful of top forest entomologists of my own generation," said Dr. John Spence, professor and chair of the University of Alberta's Department of Renewable Resources. "Ken's collective accomplishments as a thinker, a researcher, and educator have been second to none and they connect strongly to the foundations established by Hopkins."
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