Charles H. Fernald

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Charles Henry Fernald
Born (1838-03-16)March 16, 1838
Mount Desert, Maine
Died February 22, 1921(1921-02-22) (aged 82)
Amherst, Massachusetts
Fields Economic entomology, Lepidopterology
Geology, Natural History
Institutions University of Maine, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Alma mater Bowdoin College
University of Maine
Anderson School of Natural History
Doctoral advisor Louis Agassiz
Known for Work on the eradication of the Gypsy moth, first college-level teacher of economic entomology
Spouse Maria Elizabeth Fernald (1862-1919)

Charles Henry Fernald (March 15, 1838 – February 22, 1921) was an American entomologist, geologist, and zoologist, who is credited as the first college professor of economic entomology.[1] Fernald grew up at Fernald Point in Mount Desert, Maine and went on to prepare for college at Maine Wesleyan Seminary before joining the navy in 1862. After receiving a master's degree from Bowdoin College he went on to serve as principal of several academies in Maine. Throughout his career he would document and describe several species of microlepidoptera and in 1886 became the first full-time professor and chair of the natural sciences at what is now the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[2] Fernald Hall and the Fernald Entomological Society at the same institution, are named for him and his son, Henry Torsey Fernald, who would later hold the same position as his father. His wife, Maria Elizabeth Fernald, was a noted entomologist in her own right.

Selected works[edit]





  1. ^ Ohles, John F., ed. (1978). Biographical Dictionary of American Educators. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 452–453. OCLC 3447005. 
  2. ^ Tuckerman, Frederick (1911). Entomology and Zoology at the Massachusetts Agricultural College. Amherst, MA: Massachusetts Agricultural College. OCLC 4687703. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 

External links[edit]

  • Charles H. Fernald, YouMass, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Charles H. Fernald Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst