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Hay, Oliver Perry (United States 1846-1930)
vertebrate paleontology


Though something of a late bloomer as a scientist, Hay left an important legacy in his series of monographic compilations of the then-existing knowledge of the vertebrate paleofaunas of North America. Published over a span of about twenty-five years after the turn of the century, they are without parallel in the literature. Hay also wrote on the evidence of early humans in North America.

Life Chronology

--born in Saluda, Indiana, on 22 May 1846.
--1870: A.B., Eureka College, Illinois
--1870-1872: professor of natural sciences, Eureka College
--1873: A.M., Eureka College
--1874-1876: professor of natural sciences, Oskaloosa College, Iowa
--1876-1877: graduate student at Yale University
--1879-1892: professor of biology and geology, Butler College
--1884: Ph.D., Indiana University
--1884-1888: assistant, Arkansas Geological Survey
--1890-1891: president, Indiana Academy of Science
--1891-1894: assistant, Indiana Geological Survey
--1895-1897: assistant curator of zoology, Field Museum of Natural History
--1901-1907: assistant, then associate, curator of vertebrate paleontology, American Museum of Natural History
--1902-1905: associate editor, American Geologist
--1902: publishes his Bibliography and Catalogue of the Fossil Vertebrata of North America
--1907-1911: pursues private investigations in paleontology
--1908: publishes his The Fossil Turtles of North America
--1912-1917: research associate, Carnegie Institution, Washington, D.C.
--1917-1926: associate, Carnegie Institution
--1923-1927: publishes his The Pleistocene of North America, in three volumes
--dies at Washington, D.C., on 2 November 1930.

For Additional Information, See:

--National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 22 (1932).
--Geological Society of America Bulletin, Vol. 42(1) (1931): 30-48.
--Dictionary of American Biography, Vol. 8 (1932).

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