When first got serious about apiculture, Roger Morse became one of my first beekeeping “Notables”. Mr Morse’s work has been truly influential in modern beekeeping.
He was one of the first researchers to delve in-depth into the Varroa mites. Not only that, he had a good look at Small Hive Beetles as well. Closely connected to Cornell University, he has authored numerous research articles on any number of topics relating to beekeeping and was a contributor to that time of apicultural information, “ABC’s and XYZ’s of Beekeeping”, and the monthly beekeeping magazine, “Bee Culture”, among others.
He was influential to several of those we currently count on for new and important research. People like Tom Seeley, author of “Honeybee Democracy” for example.
The writing and presentation style of Roger Morse was persuasive to say the least. At least to me. I find his writing in particular to be familiar, friendly even.
One of his books in particular number among my favorites, “The New Complete Guide to Beekeeping”.
Cornell University press euligized Roger Morse and provided us with a far too brief but well done last look at his work.