Hewitt, Charles Gordon

Charles Gordon Hewitt, administrator, economic entomologist, conservationist (b at Macclesfield, Eng 23 Feb 1885; d at Ottawa 29 Feb 1920). Hewitt received a doctorate from Manchester University, where he also lectured in economic zoology. He was appointed Canada's second Dominion entomologist in 1909. He was instrumental in the passing of the Destructive Insect and Pest Act in 1910 and expanded entomological services of the federal Department of Agriculture by creating separate units, each headed by an entomologist, to deal specifically with field-crop, garden, forest and stored-product insects. Regional laboratories were established to study insect pests and devise controls. He was also successful in furthering the Canada-US treaty for the protection of migratory birds. A book on the protection of wildlife (1919), one on the housefly, annual entomological reports (1910-16) and many circulars and bulletins are part of his legacy.