Paul W. Oman

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Paul Wilson Oman (22 February 1908, Garnett, Kansas - 4 April 1996 Corvallis, Oregon) An entomologist and specialist on leafhopper taxonomy, Paul Oman was born in Kansas in 1908 and was educated at the University of Kansas (A.B., 1930; A.M., 1935) and the George Washington University (Ph.D., 1941). In 1930, Oman joined the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a Junior Entomologist with the Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine. Specializing in the study of insects as vectors of plant diseases, Oman worked for the U.S.D.A. Entomology Research Division before taking a position at Oregon State University in 1967 to work as a Professor for the Entomology Dept. In 1973, Oman was appointed Chairman of the Department and two years later, he became Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Oman specialized in the study of Auchenorrhyncha. Oman served in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean War, conducting studies on medical entomology and the biological control of insects.

He was the curator of The Oregon State Arthropod Collection from 1967 to 1971, and contributed over 200,000 insects to it.

His papers are at the Oregon State University Library. Shelf Location: 10/4/4/50-60.


  • Lattin, John D. (1988). "Paul W. Oman- An Appreciation". Great Basin Naturalist Memoirs (12): 3–9. ISSN 0160-239X. Retrieved 9 July 2011.

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