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In 1959, Dr. Rampa Rattanarithikul began working as a technician collecting and mounting mosquito specimens for the United States Operations Mission (USOM) malaria control program. This was the beginning of her life long passion and pursuit of researching, collecting and identifying insect species.    

 

During Dr.Rampa’s distinguished career, 44 academic papers have been published in her name as well as two new species of mosquito named after her- “Anopheles rampae” and Uranotaenia rampae.”  Dr. Rampa describes 13 new species of mosquitos and found 23 new species yet to be described. She received her PhD in Entomology from the Kobe University School of Medicine in Japan. Dr. Rampa Rattanarithikul also holds a Diploma of Law and a Diploma of Education and was trained at the Department of Entomology, Walter Reed Biosystematics unit, (Smithsonian Institution), Washington, D.C. She spent a good part of her career working for the US Army Component of Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO, later Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Science (AFRIMS). Her career has included research and specimen collecting with professional teams throughout the world. She has been involved in projects in America, China, England, India, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam.

 

In 2011, Dr. Rampa Rattanarithikul was selected to receive the prestigious American Mosquito Control Association's John N. Belkin Memorial Award at the 77th Annual Meeting of the AMCA, Anaheim, California, USA.

 

Dr. Rampa Rattanarithikul and her husband Mr. Manop Rattanarithikul collaborated in their lifelong dream of establishing a museum for their collections to share with the world. They spent their lifetime collecting 4,668 insect species, beautiful butterflies and moths, fantastic stones and petrified wood, rare fossils, wood carvings and many more precious gifts of nature. The unique and fascinating Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders is the result of their passion and dedication in achieving their dream. Through the museum they wish to bring attention to the need for conservation and preservation of all natural life, for the benefit of our entire planet.

 

Shortly after Dr. Rampa's first retirement in 1998 she received a call from Colonel Russell E. Coleman, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) encouraging her to continue working for the Department of Entomology at the AFRIMS, Bangkok. Dr. Rampa eagerly began her work on an arduous lifelong goal to develop illustrated keys to the mosquitoes of Thailand. Her efforts resulted in the 2010 publication of six volumes of taxonomic keys, as supplements in the Southeast Journal of Public Health. As one of the premier Entomologist’s Dr. Rampa’s academia, publications, museum and life’s work has placed her in demand for speaking engagements throughout South East Asia.