Frank L. Thomas

Chief of Division of Entomology–Research

Frank Thomas was appointed chief of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station’s division of entomology in 1924 and retained that position until 1947. He directed various aspects of cotton insect control and traveled throughout Texas to observe insect problems and conduct research. He was also deeply engaged in apiculture and was well known by beekeepers throughout the state. His tenure as chief of the division covered a period during which there was a large increase in the research personnel and diverse projects. When the department of entomology and the division of entomology were consolidated in 1947, Thomas’ title changed to professor, and he began teaching courses in beekeeping and general entomology and conducting research on bees. He retired in 1954 and accepted a 3-year position in Peru to advise cotton growers of a large organization.

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