Asa Fitch

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Asa Fitch
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Asa Fitch
Born (1809-02-24)24 February 1809
Salem, New York
Died 8 April 1879(1879-04-08) (aged 70)
Salem, New York
Nationality United States
Alma mater Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Scientific career
Fields Entomology
Institutions New York State Agricultural Society
Influences Amos Eaton
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.

The Martin–Fitch House and Asa Fitch Jr. Laboratory was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.[1]

Further reading[edit]

Samuel, Rezneck (1970–80). "Fitch, Asa". Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 5. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 11–12. ISBN 978-0-684-10114-9. 


  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 6/09/14 through 6/13/14. National Park Service. 2014-06-20. 

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