Loper, Samuel Ward, 1834-1910

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Biographical History

Samuel Ward Loper (1834-1910) was born in Guilford, Connecticut, on July 3, 1834. Though he was a self-taught scientist, he received an honorary degree of Master of Arts from Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1882. He went on to study geology and biology at Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut, from 1888 to 1891, while simultaneously working as an instructor in geology at Trinity College from 1890-1891. Loper was later employed by the United States Geological Survey for various geological expeditions. He was a life-long fossil collector, particularly of Triassic plants and fishes. He was Curator of the museum at Wesleyan University from 1894 until his death on March 31, 1910.


  • (1910). "Obituary Notes." The New York Times. Retrieved from http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F40911F83A5D16738DDDA80894DC405B808DF1D3
  • Loper, S. W. (1911). Mattabesett; or, The coming of the paleface, and other poems, by S. Ward Loper. Boston, MA: Richard G. Badger, The Gorham Press. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015063939840

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  • Wesleyan university, Middletown, Conn.: He was Curator of the museum at Wesleyan University.
  • Geological Survey (U.S.) : Worked for various geological expeditions

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