Ernest Melville DuPorte National Historic Person (1891-1981)
Ernest Melville DuPorte was designated as a national historic person in 2010.
Historical importance: One of Canada's foremost insect morphologists, his significant contributions in entomology in the area of Orthoptera (crickets/grasshoppers) were recognized worldwide.
Commemorative plaque: plaque will be installed at McGill UniversityFootnote 1
This researcher and entomologist from the British West Indies was a leading expert on insect morphology. He significantly advanced scientific knowledge through groundbreaking studies on Orthoptera, such as crickets, grasshoppers, and locusts, helping propel Canada to the forefront of research on the subject. He spearheaded the establishment of the Institute of Parasitology on this campus in 1932. Through his brilliance, scientific contributions, and extreme perseverance, Ernest Melville DuPorte was able to overcome racial discrimination and achieve international stature within his profession.
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