Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: November 29, 2010
Publication Date: April 21, 2011
Citation: Miller, D.R., Miller, G.L. 2011. Obituary: Louise May Russell, 1905-2009. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 113(1):79-89.
This tribute is presented in recognition of a truly remarkable woman scientist– Miss Louise May Russell. She transformed herself from a farm girl in a small town in upstate New York to a world renowned entomologist who studied aphids, psyllids, scale insects, and whiteflies. She started her scientific career in 1927 and published her last paper in 2006; a period of 79 years. Louise published 104 scientific papers (more than 50 that were peer reviewed), 30 on aphids, 28 on whiteflies, 9 on scale insects, 7 on psyllids, 2 on cicadas, and 1 on cercopids during her illustrious career at the USDA’s Systematic Entomology Laboratory. Remarkably, she published her last article as a centurion at the age of 101.