Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Matsumura, Shonen

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_1748

Shonen Matsumura was born on March 5, 1872, and is considered to be the “father of Japanese entomology.” He was interested in insects from an early age, and studied entomology at Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University). He was appointed to the faculty there in 1896 and in 1898 published “Nippon Konchugaku” (Entomology of Japan). In 1899 he moved to Europe to advance his knowledge and in 1902 returned to Japan as professor. Much of his work was on Lepidoptera and Hemiptera, but he published on most orders. He authored about 240 papers and 35 books during his career. The illustrated 12-volume “Thousand insects of Japan” published between 1904 and 1921 was especially noteworthy. He also accumulated Japan’s largest insect collection. He died on November 7, 1960.


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