|Birth Date||February 24, 1809; Salem, NY|
|Death Date||April 8, 1879; Salem, NY|
|Affiliations||New York State Agricultural Society;
RPI Alumni Hall of Fame inducted October,1999
|Education||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Class of 1827|
- For the member of the 12th Congress, see Asa Fitch (Representative)
Dr. Asa Fitch (February 24, 1809 – April 8, 1879) was a natural historian and entomologist from Salem, New York.
His early studies were of both natural history and medicine, which he studied at the newly formed Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1827. However, in 1838 he decided to start studying agriculture and entomology. In 1838 he began to collect and study insects for New York state. In 1854 he became the first professional entomologist of New York State Agricultural Society (commissioned by the State of New York). This made him the first occupational entomologist in the United States.
His vast studies of many insects helped scientists to solve some of the problems of crop damage caused by insects. Many of his notebooks are now the property of the Smithsonian Institution. Fitch also discovered the Rodent Botfly Cuterebra emasculator in 1856. He died April 8, 1879 in Salem, New York.
- Asa Fitch Notebooks, circa 1827,1872 from the Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Salem New York Historical Site
- RPI Alumni Hall of Fame