Herbert Hugh John Nesbitt, ESA Fellow (1952)

Dr. Herbert Hugh John Nesbitt (deceased 13 May 2002), a professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, was elected as Fellow in 1952. Throughout his lifetime, he was also elected Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London, Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London, Fellow of the Entomological Society of Canada, and Fellow of the Zoological Society of London. Dr. Nesbitt was well recognized for his work in acarology, where he specialized in free-living Acaridida (Astigmata) and Phytoseiidae (Mesostigmata), and published over 80 papers throughout his career.

Nesbitt was born 7 February 1913 in Ottawa. After attending Mutchmor Public School and Glebe Collegiate, he earned his B.A. in philosophy and zoology at Queen's University in Ontario in 1937. He pursued graduate research at the University of Toronto where he was awarded an M.A. in 1939 and a Ph.D. in 1942. In 1951, Nesbitt also earned his D.Sc. from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. In recognition of this feat, the Queen of The Netherlands sent her horse drawn carriage to the university to take Nesbitt to his defense.

Nesbitt began his research career in entomology at the Department of Agriculture in Ottawa from 1939–1948. In 1946, Nesbitt started teaching biology part-time at Carleton University in Ottawa, and subsequently spent the remainder of his career there. He began teaching full-time as assistant professor in 1948, advanced to associate professor in 1951, chair of the biology department in 1952, and full professor in 1956. Nesbitt served the university as dean of the faculty of science from 1963–1975 and clerk of the university senate from 1985–1981. Other positions that Nesbitt held at Carleton University included director of the science division, acting dean of graduate students, and acting president in 1973. He was awarded professor emeritus of biology in 1978.

Nesbitt was well recognized on the Carleton University campus, most notably as the face of the marshall of convocation, a role he performed from 1948 until 1997, whereupon he was recognized as emeritus marshall. Carleton University honored Nesbitt with an Honorary D.Sc. in 1978, the Carleton University's Founders Award in 2001, and by renaming the newly completed biology building the H. H. J. Nesbitt Biology Building in 2002. Nesbitt's other accomplishments include acting as the president of the Zoological Society of Canada and chairman of the board of governors of Algonquin College in Ottawa. He was also a member of the international editorial board of Acarologia.

(Updated May, 2012)