Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Harper, Francis (United States 1886-1972)
Harper spent his professional career as something of a "hired gun." Under
the employ of a number of different institutions, he explored the natural
history (especially vertebrates) of a variety of locations and environments
ranging northward to Keewatin and the Ungava Peninsula in Canada and southward
to the Okefenokee Swamp. The places from which he received grant support
included the American Philosophical Society, the Arctic Institute of North
America, the National Science Foundation, the Office of the Surgeon General,
the Canadian Department of Northern Affairs, the Canadian Social Sciences
Research Council, the Longwood Foundation, and the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences. He is probably best known for his landmark survey Extinct
and Vanishing Mammals of the Old World (one of the earliest studies
drawing attention to the plight of disappearing species), and for his
efforts to protect Okefenokee Swamp.
--born in Southbridge, Massachusetts, on 17 November 1886.
--1914: A.B., Cornell University; joins field expedition to the Great
Slave Lake region
--1916: fisheries investigator, New York Conservation Commission
--1916-1917, 1919-1921: assistant biologist, U. S. Biological Survey
--1920: field expedition to the Lake Athabasca region
--1922-1925: instructor in zoology, Cornell University
--1925: Ph.D. in vertebrate zoology, Cornell University
--1925-1929: secretary, editor and curator of mammals and fishes, Boston
Society of Natural History
--1927: publishes "The Mammals of the Okefinokee Swamp Region of Georgia"
in the Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History
--1929-1935: member of the scientific staff at Biological Abstracts
--1936-1939: research associate, American Committee for International
Wild Life Protection
--1939-1944: works for the John Bartram Association
--1944-: independent researcher
--1945: publishes his Extinct
and Vanishing Mammals of the Old World
--1947: field expedition to Keewatin
--1950-1952: Guggenheim fellow
--1953: field expedition to the Ungava Peninsula
--dies at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on 17 November 1972.
--Arctic, Vol. 53(1) (2000): 72-75.
--Journal of Mammalogy, Vol. 54(3) (1973): 800-801.
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