Who saw him die? "I," said the Fly, "With my little eye, I saw him die!"
—"WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN?"
HAD THE BELEAGUERED Thaddeus Harris remained to haunt Harvard Yard a century after his death, he might have been shocked by the free love and protest rallies flowing over its grassy commons. But he would have been absolutely electrified by the entomology. Though social upheaval engulfed U.S. campuses in the I960s, quieter forces were advancing insect studies beyond Harris's wildest dreams.
The sheer massiveness of the continent's insect fauna still promised discoveries in perpetuity. Nevertheless, U.S. and Canadian entomologists had sped far beyond the mere identification of new species to pioneer research in insect physiology, biochemistry, ecology, and behavior. North American scientists had likewise taken the lead in the forensic sciences. Between 1960 and I974, they established the use of polarizing light microscopy for