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Memorable Manitobans: Philip Shaw Barker (1933-2009)

Entomologist.

Born at Querétaro, Mexico on 2 August 1933, eldest son of Herbert and Margaret Barker, he lived his early life in Mexico, Chile and Argentina. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico Y De Estudios Superiores De Monterrey, a Master’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Entomology from McGill University. In 1965, he began a career as a research scientist with Agriculture Canada where he studied insects in stored grains. He published research papers on mites, rusty grain beetle, red flour beetle, and wheat midge. He discovered a midge-resistant strain of wheat. He died at Winnipeg on 3 May 2009.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 May 2009.

“The ’09 honour roll,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 2010, page H1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 April 2016

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