n African Entomology - Hubert Dick Brown 6 December 1930 – 14 December 2017 - obituary

Volume 26 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



Hubert Dick Brown, known as Dick, was born in Pretoria on 6 December 1930 and was schooled at Christian Brothers College, Pretoria. He was always a keen naturalist and as a boy went on field trips with his father to collect butterflies around the BonAccord Dam, north of Pretoria, with excursions further afield into the Magoebaskloof and Soutpansburg mountains. Following his first job as a draughtsman on the Roodeplaat Dam project, where he learnt his drawing skills, in 1950 he was appointed as field assistant to D. Vesey-FitzGerald in the International Red Locust Control Service, Abercorn, in what was Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and in Tanganyika (Tanzania). Dick assisted with ecological studies of the red locust habitats in the Rukwa and Mweru-Wa-Ntipa grasslands and was promoted to officer in charge of locust scouting, hiring local porters and leading extensive foot-safari expeditions into the remote grasslands to map the locust concentrations, sometimes for weeks on end. Here he learned how to be independent and to meticulously prepare and pack provisions and equipment for fieldwork. Thus started Dick’s long association with locust and grasshopper work that lasted well over 60 years.

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