John B Smith Classroom Building


27 Pine Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2883

This building is named after John Bernard Smith. Born in 1858;died in 1912; he became a Professor of Entomology at Rutgers in 1889 and State Entomologist as a concurring duty in 1894; world-famous specialist in the taxonomy of moths and butterflies; made NJ and Rutgers outstanding through his achievements in biology and mosquito control during a time when medicine was just becoming aware of the importance of insects as the vectors of human and animal diseases; instrumental in passage in 1898 of law charging State Board of Agriculture with the inspection of nurseries; Honorary Doctor of Science from Rutgers College 1891; 600 titles from papers in entomological journals to large bulletins, circulars and books, including three great catalogs of the insects found in NJ; greatest achievments in development of insecticides, studies of the San Jose scale, and work in mosquito control. Source: Catalogue of Buildings and Place Names at Rutgers.

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