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A.W.A. Brown William A. Brown

Dr. Brown is an economic entomologist, whose concerns include insecticide resistance to pesticides. Carson has cited his work extensively in Chap. 16 of Silent Spring.

Be sure to review Chaps. 1-2,7,9,15-16 in Silent Spring. You should be able to comment on Carson's credibility (for example, did she represent your work fairly and do you agree with her policy conclusions?), the problem of insecticide resistance, and the dynamic between balance of nature and control of nature. Be sure to be familiar with the possible resistance by typhus and malaria vectors in the important cases from World War II.


  • Brown, William. 1951. Insect Control by Chemicals. New York: Wiley.
  • Brown, William. 1958. Insecticide Resistance in Arthorpods. World Health Organization Monograph Series No. 38.
  • Brown, William. 1961. "The Challenge of Insecticide Resistance." Bull. Entomol. Soc. Am. 7: 6-19.
  • Brown, William. 1960. "Development and Mechanism of Insect Resistance to Available Toxicants." Soap and Chemical Specialties (Jan.).
  • Brown, A. W. A. 1971. "Pest resistance to pesticides." Pp. 457-552 in Pesticides in the Environment, Vol. 1, Part II, R. White-Stevens, ed. New York: Marcel Dekker. [Note the date is past 1963, but as a historical paper may be informative.]
  • last revised November 7, 2009