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Hildebrand, Samuel Frederick (United States 1883-1949)

Hildebrand pursued a fairly low-key career under the auspices of the United States Bureau of Fisheries. Much of his time was spent studying the fishes of Panama; these efforts produced several monographs and a lot of shorter works. His colleagues thought enough of him to publish a lengthy remembrance of him in the journal Copeia after his death; in that piece his main attentions were succinctly listed: culture and biology of turtles; mosquito control and biology of larvivorous fishes; early development of North American fishes; faunal studies on Central American fresh-water fishes; marine fishes of eastern North America; marine fishes of Panama and Peru; and revisions of North American clupeoids and contributions to Fishes of the Western North Atlantic.

Life Chronology

--born in Zoar, Indiana, on 15 August 1883.
--1908-1910: assistant to Seth Meek, ichthyologist at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago; studies at the University of Chicago
--1910: A.B., Indiana State Normal School
--1910-1914: scientific assistant, U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, Washington, D.C.
--1910-1911: Panama Canal Zone fish collecting expedition with Meek
--1912: second Panama expedition, with Meek
--1914-1918: director of the U.S. Fisheries Biological Station, Beaufort, NC
--1916: publishes first volume of The Fishes of the Fresh Waters of Panama, with Meek posthumously listed as chief author (though Hildebrand wrote the entire work)
--1918: studies minnows-based control of mosquitoes in Augusta, GA
--1918-1919: director, U.S. Fisheries Biological Station, Key West, FL
--1919-1925: ichthyologist, Bureau of Fisheries, Washington, D.C.
--1920-1924: advisor and investigator, U.S. Public Health Service
--1923: publishes his The Marine Fishes of Panama, with Seth Meek
--1924: Central American fish expedition with Fred J. Foster
--1925-1931: director, U.S. Fisheries Biological Station, Beaufort, NC
--1928: publishes his Fishes of Chesapeake Bay, with William C. Schroeder
--1930: publishes his Cold-blooded Vertebrates: Part I. Fishes., with Charles W. Gilmore & Doris M. Cochran
--1931-1949: senior ichthyologist, Bureau of Fisheries, Washington, D.C.
--1935: Panama collecting expedition
--1937: Panama collecting expedition
--1946: publishes his A Descriptive Catalog of the Shore Fishes of Peru
--dies at Washington, D.C., on 16 March 1949.
--1949: posthumously receives Award for Distinguished Service from the U.S. Department of the Interior

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--Copeia, (1) (1950): 1-18.

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