July 8, 1930-December 21, 1995
By Eddie W. Cupp
George B. Craig, Jr., Clark distinguished professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, died quietly in his sleep on December 21, 1995, at the age of sixty-five. He was attending a national meeting of the Entomological Society of America when he passed away. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Pflum) Craig, two daughters, Patricia Craig and Sarah Craig Peterek, and his son, James Craig.
Craig had been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1983. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 8, 1930, the son of George Brownlee Craig and Alice Madelaine McManus Craig. He attended the University of Chicago Laboratory School, graduated from the University of Indiana in 1951 with a B.A. in zoology and received both M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomology from the University of Illinois in 1952 and 1956, respectively.
Craig was an internationally recognized expert on the biology and control of mosquitoes, particularly species belonging to the genus Aedes. As a young scientist, he pioneered the study of mosquito genetics using Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, as the subject of his investigations. His work resulted in the recognition that this species exhibited a wide variety of genetic traits that could be mapped