Robert Matheson was born at West River, Nova Scotia, Canada, on December 20, 1881. He received all his degrees in entomology at Cornell University, attaining his Ph.D. in 1911. He worked for South Dakota State University, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, and Cornell as a medical entomologist. His expertise was on mosquitoes and malaria, and he helped in the elimination of malaria from the east-central United States. He trained many students in medical entomology, and published “Handbook of mosquitoes of North America” (1929), “Medical entomology” (1932), and “Entomology for introductory courses” (1944). He died on December 14, 1958, at Princeton, New Jersey.
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