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Allen, Glover Morrill (United States 1879-1942)
mammalogy, ornithology

Glover Allen's career was packed with activity as a collector, museum curator, librarian, editor, teacher, professional scientist, taxonomist, and writer. In all he excelled. Though not theoretically oriented or a wellspring of new ideas, he was both highly knowledgeable in his main areas of expertise and a clear thinker and writer. He published a considerable number of large works, though he is probably most remembered for the semi-popular title Bats, and for his two-volume magnum opus, The Mammals of China and Mongolia. His final publication, appearing after his death, was Extinct and Vanishing Mammals of the Western Hemisphere, a compilation which was ahead of its time in its recognition of the problem of extinction and at-risk species.

Life Chronology

--born in Walpole, New Hampshire, on 8 December 1879.
--1901: A.B., Harvard University
--1901-1927: librarian, Boston Society of Natural History
--1901-1912: secretary, Nuttall Ornithological Club
--1901: publishes The Birds of Massachussetts, with R. H. Howe
--1903: A.M., Harvard University
--1903-1931: various collecting trips, to the Bahama Islands (1903?), Labrador (1906), East Africa (1909), West Indies (1910), Africa (1912), Africa (1926), Brazil (1929), Australia (1931)
--1904: Ph.D., Harvard University
--1906-1907: editor, American Naturalist
--1907: hired to oversee mammal collections at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
--1911: publishes his Mammals of the West Indies
--1919: charter member of the American Society of Mammalogists
--1919-1942: president, Nuttall Ornithological Club
--1924: hired as lecturer in zoology, Harvard University
--1925-1942: curator of mammals, Museum of Comparative Zoology
--1925: publishes his Birds and Their Attributes
--1927: vice-president, Boston Society of Natural History
--1927-1929: president, American Society of Mammalogists
--1928: promoted to associate professor of zoology, Harvard University
--1936-1942: editor of The Auk
--1938: promoted to professor of zoology, Harvard University
--1938-1940: publishes his The Mammals of China and Mongolia
--1939: publishes his Bats
--dies at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 15 February 1942.
--1942: posthumously publishes his Extinct and Vanishing Mammals of the Western Hemisphere

For Additional Information, See:

--American National Biography, Vol. 1 (1999).     Malvina Reynolds
--National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 31 (1944).
--Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Three (1973).
--The Auk, Vol. 60(2) (1943): 163-168.
--Journal of Mammalogy, Vol. 24(3) (1943): 297-304.

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