Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Metcalf, Clell Lee

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_4581

C. L. Metcalf was born at Lakeville, Ohio, USA, on March 25, 1888. He attended Ohio State University, where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1911 and 1912, respectively. He received a doctorate from Harvard University in 1919. He held several positions in entomology but had the greatest impact at the University of Illinois, where he served as professor and department head from 1921 to 1947. He was known for his teaching, administrative and research prowess. Among his important publications are “Destructive and useful insects” (with W. P. Flint and later with his son, R. L. Metcalf) (1928) and “Fundamentals of insect life” (1932). “Destructive and useful insects” in its various forms remains the most complete and useful treatment of common insect pests of North America, and formerly was the most widely used text and reference manual for economic entomology courses. Metcalf was president of the Entomological Society of America in 1934. Metcalf died on August 21, 1948.


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