Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Baker, Frank Collins (United States
malacology, paleontology, ecology
Photo courtesy of the
Illinois Natural History Survey. |Baker's studies on freshwater and terrestrial molluscs
established him as one of the twentieth century's leading students of
this subject. He published voluminously (a dozen or more books, and well
over a hundred articles in The Nautilus alone), not only on malacological
subjects but on Pleistocene geology, archeology, anthropology, limnology,
and ecology as well. His reputation was probably most firmly established
through the publication of his book The Life of the Pleistocene or
Glacial Period in 1920. He is also remembered as a museum curator/director
of great skill and forethought at a time when the value of this profession
to educational and scientific agenda was first being fully recognized.
--born in Warren, Rhode Island, on 14 December 1867.
--1889-1890: Jessup Scholar, Academy of Natural
--1890: takes part in expedition to Mexico for
the Academy of Natural Sciences
--1891-1892: invertebrate zoologist, Ward's
Natural Science Establishment; secretary, Rochester Academy of Sciences
--1894: made curator of zoology, Field Columbian
--1894-1914: curator, Chicago Academy of Sciences
--1895: publishes his A
Naturalist in Mexico
--1896: B.S., Chicago School of Science
--1900-1915: vice-president, Audubon Society
--1915-1917: studies lake bottom fauna for the
New York State College of Forestry, Syracuse
--1918-1939: curator, Museum of Natural History,
University of Illinois
--1920: publishes his The
Life of the Pleistocene or Glacial Period
--1928: publishes his Fresh Water Mollusca
--1931: vice-president, Illinois Academy
--1941-1942: president, American Malacological
--dies at Urbana, Illinois, on 7 May 1942.
--Who Was Who
in America, Vol. 2 (1963). Malvina
--Proceedings of the Geological Society of America for 1942 (1943):
--Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science, Vol.
35(1) (1942): 19-20.
--Science, Vol. 95(2475) (1942): 568.
--The Nautilus, Vol. 56 (1943): 97-99.
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