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Poinar, George O., Jr. 1936–

Poinar, George O., Jr. 1936–

(G.O. Poinar, Jr., George Poinar, George Poinar, Jr.)


Born April 25, 1936, in Spokane, WA; married, April, 1984; wife's name Roberta (a writer); children: Gina Poinar Dailey, Tam Poinar Hess, Hendrik, Maya Dawson, Gregory. Education: Cornell University, B.S., 1958, M.A., 1960, Ph.D., 1962. Hobbies and other interests: Piano, violin, photography.


Home—Corvallis, OR. Office—Department of Entomology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331; fax: 541-737-0501. E-mail—[email protected]


University of California, Riverside, member of biology faculty, 1962-63; University of California, Berkeley, member of entomology faculty, 1964-95; Oregon State University, Corvallis, member of entomology and zoology faculties, 1995—.


Entomogenous Nematodes, E.J. Brill (Leiden, Netherlands), 1975.

(With G.M. Thomas) Diagnostic Manual for the Identification of Insect Pathogens, Plenum Press (New York, NY), 1978.

Nematodes for Biological Control of Insects, CRC Press (Boca Raton, FL), 1979.

(With G.M. Thomas) Laboratory Guide to Insect Pathogens and Parasites, Plenum Press (New York, NY), 1984.

The Natural History of Nematodes, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1984.

Life in Amber, Stanford University Press (Stanford, CA), 1992.

(With wife, Roberta Poinar) The Quest for Life in Amber, Addison-Wesley (Reading, MA), 1994.

(Under name George Poinar, Jr.) Discovering the Mysteries of Amber, Geofin (Udine, Italy), 1995.

(As George Poinar, Jr.; with Roberta Poinar) The Amber Forest: A Reconstruction of a Vanished World, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1999.

(With Raif K. Milki) Lebanese Amber: The Oldest Insect Ecosystem in Fossilized Resin, Oregon State University Press (Corvallis, OR), 2001.

(Under name George Poinar, Jr.; with Roberta Poinar) What Bugged the Dinosaurs? Insect Ecology and Diseases in the Cretaceous, illustrated by the authors, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 2007.

Discovering the Mysteries of Amber was translated into Italian and German.


George O. Poinar, Jr., once told CA: "My studies on amber were begun late in my career. They were driven by a remembrance of the book Dragons in Amber by Wille Ley that my mother read to me when I was quite young. The drawing of a weevil in a piece of Baltic amber on the front page of that book was indelibly imprinted in my mind and I resolved even back then that some day I would find my own weevil in a piece of amber (and now I have). I was fortunate to have received a broad training in biology at a time when many of the university professors were excellent naturalists and quite inspirational. This background was indispensable for me in identifying the broad range of inclusions that occur in amber."

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