Harry Hoogstraal was a giant among parasitologists and medical entomologists. He was an intrepid explorer, a scholar, and a catalyst for research productivity that bridged several research specialities and continents. He was perhaps best known as a tick taxonomist, but his scientific contributions greatly exceeded describing new tick taxa and included studies on the biology, ecology, and geographic distribution of ticks. His insatiable curiosity and energy led him to investigate the natural history of tick-borne diseases, and he was a recognized authority in arbovirology, epidemiology, and rickettsiology, as well as parasitology and medical entomology. Science was his life, and he produced more than 400 publications, including books, book chapters, research articles, and reviews. His publications often were more than original works, and many contained masterful analyses and syntheses of other scholarly papers. For a bibliography of Harry's publications, see Keirans (1987).

Harry's early years...

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