Fumio Matsumura, 78, a distinguished professor of environmental toxicology and entomology at UC Davis, and internationally known as “one of the grand masters of insect toxicology,” died Dec. 6, 2012, in a Sacramento hospital following a brief illness.
Matsumura, a member of the UCD faculty since 1987, was a former director of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences, editor-in-chief of the journal, Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, and wrote the classic textbook, “Toxicology of Insecticides,” first published in 1975 and used by generations of college students throughout the world, including in UCD classes.
Born Feb. 5, 1934, in Japan, Matsumura received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural biology in 1957 from the University of Tokyo; his master’s degree in entomology in 1959 from the University of Alberta; and his doctorate in entomology from the University of Western Ontario in 1961.
The family plans to establish a memorial fund in his honor through the UC Davis Foundation. Details are pending.
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