Van Ingen, Gilbert, 1869-

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Biographical History

Gilbert Van Ingen was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, on July 30, 1869. He developed an interest in botany and zoology as a child, and attended Cornell University with the intention of becoming a botanist. While at Cornell, his interests shifted to paleontology and geology. He went on to study and work as an assistant to Professor H. S. Williams in the field. Van Ingen became assistant geologist of the U.S. Geology Survey in 1889, and studied paleontology and zoology at Yale University 1892-1893. Though he studied at Cornell and Yale, he never earned a degree from either institution. 1893 he joined staff of Columbia as an assistant in paleontology. He went on to become a curator of Columbia’s geology collections. Eventually he went to work at Princeton University in 1903, where he would remain the rest of his career, first as curator of invertebrate paleontology and eventually as professor of geology. Ingen completed field work primarily along the east coast United States, and some work in Newfoundland, Canada. Van Ingen was married to Harriet Glausha.


Howell, B. F. (1925). Gilbert Van Ingen (1869-1925). Science. 62 (1596) 101-103. Retrieved from

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