Submitted to: American Entomologist
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 3, 2006
Publication Date: June 30, 2006
Citation: Wheeler, A.G., Miller, G.L. 2006. Simon Snyder Rathvon: Propagandist and Popularizer of Agricultural Entomology in Mid-Nineteenth Century America. American Entomologist. 52(1):36-47. Interpretive Summary: The importance of destructive and beneficial insects has been realized since the early days of the founding of this country. Various pioneering entomologists have been identified but, one individual, Simon Snyder Rathvon (1812-1891), has been a largely overlooked figure from the early years. His entomological writings, especially through the popular press, served to educate and inform the public about insects. However, his contributions to the scientific community were also noteworthy in the fields of insect identification, biology, agriculture, and biological control. This paper highlights his life as both an entomologist and individual.