Henry G. Hubbard (1850-1899)

Inducted 1966


Orange Culture

Florida Division of Entomology

Ambrosia Beetles

Insects Affecting the Orange


Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1850, Henry G. Hubbard was a pioneering research scientist. Coming to Florida in 1880 after graduating from Harvard in 1873, Hubbard achieved wide recognition as a practical horticulturist and scientific investigator in the economics of orange culture. His discoveries and inventions were credited with revolutionizing the citrus industry. While serving in the Florida Division of Entomology, Hubbard wrote Insects Affecting the Orange (1884), the authoritative work on the subject for the citrus industry. Hubbard also discovered and perfected a practical method of emulsifying kerosene to permit dilution with water for insecticide purposes. Another one of his crucial contributions to the citrus industry was his identification and eradication of ambrosia beetles, which were highly dangerous to citrus fruits. Throughout his career Hubbard was active in the Florida State Horticultural Society.