Philip Jones was born in Prince George, BC in 1924 and later moved to Smithers, BC. He was a student at UBC in the winter session of 1942-43 and from 1946 to 1949 when he graduated with a BSA with a major in Horticulture.
Phil’s professional training began when he was employed in the summers of 1947 and 1948 as a Student Assistant, with Canada Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Entomology in Vernon, B.C. After graduation from UBC, Phil was promoted to Assistant Forest Biologist and continued to work in the Vernon office until September 1952. He then moved to Madison, Wisconsin to begin graduate studies in entomology at the University of Wisconsin where he received an MSc (Entomology) in 1956. Later, Phil’s PhD studies in forest entomology at Wisconsin were interrupted from July 1958 – July 1960 when he became Research Officer with the Canada Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Entomology in Ottawa. In 1960 Phil returned to the University of Wisconsin as a Project Associate on Biological Control of Forest Insects. In 1963 Phil completed his thesis and received a PhD in Entomology with a minor in Plant Ecology.
In 1964 Phil accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Entomology-Zoology Department at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. He combined his duties as State Survey Entomologist with field research projects on the control of agricultural insect pests in small grain, row and forage crops through out South Dakota. During the growing season he edited and contributed to a weekly South Dakota Insect Survey Newsletter which was distributed to extension workers, growers and producers in South Dakota and adjoining States. The purpose of the Newsletter was to give a “Heads-Up” on changes in insect populations in the State. Phil also provided input from South Dakota for additional surveys, coordinated by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for insects of regional economic importance in the North Central states.
In 1974 he moved to Burlington, Ontario as Technical Director for Niagara Chemicals, FMC Canada. In 1977 Phil moved to Ottawa, Ontario, to join Environment Canada, Environmental Protection Service, Commercial Chemicals Branch, as a Senior Scientist. His initial assignment was a major environmental technical review on “Chlorophenols and their Impurities in the Canadian Environment”. Other environmental reviews followed, including those for the commercial chemicals derived from organotins and chlorobenzenes plus a number of agricultural pesticides.
Phil, as a Senior Pest Management Specialist, transferred to the Vancouver office of Environmental Protection Service, Environment Canada in June 1992. He retired to Vernon, BC in November 1993.