Murdoch, John, 1852-1925

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Biographical History

John Murdoch (1852-1925) was trained as a zoologist at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He went on to spend a year as a professor of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin beginning in 1880. From 1881-1883, he served as naturalist on part of the Polar Expedition to Point Barrow Alaska. Later, he became a librarian at the Smithsonian Institution (1887-1892). In 1896, he began working as an assistant cataloger at the Boston Public Library, a post which he kept until 1923.


Harvard University Herbarium page. "Caroline Murdoch's Wildflower Paintings."

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Smithsonian Institution: From 1887 to 1892, Murdoch served as Librarian of the Smithsonian Institution.

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