Shimek, Bohumil, 1861-1937

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Biographical History

Bohumil Shimek (1861-1937) studied civil engineering at the State University of Iowa (SUI), where he received a C.E. degree in 1883 and an M.S. degree in 1902. He served as railroad and county surveyor for Johnson County, Iowa, 1883-1885, and taught sciences at Iowa City High School, 1885-1888. From 1888 until 1890, Shimek was an instructor in zoology at the University of Nebraska. From 1890 to 1932, he taught botany at SUI and served as the head of the Department of Botany, 1914-1919. In 1914, Shimek was an exchange professor at Charles University in Prague. Shimek was also Curator of the Herbarium, SUI, 1895-1937; President of the Iowa State Academy of Sciences, 1904-1905; a geologist for the Iowa State Geological Survey, 1908-1929; and Director of the Lakeside Laboratory, Lake Okoboji, Iowa. Shimek's interest in the natural sciences and geology covered many areas, but he was mostly known for his study of loess, loess fossils, and fossil malacology in Iowa and the prairie states. He was the author of the term, NEBRASKAN, which is used to describe the layer underneath the Aftonian interglacial deposits.

Related entities

  • State University of Iowa: Shimek was also Curator of the Herbarium, State University of Iowa, 1895-1937.
  • Iowa Geological Survey: He was a geologist for the Iowa State Geological Survey, 1908-1929.
  • Iowa Lakeside Laboratory: He was Director of the Lakeside Laboratory, Lake Okoboji, Iowa.

Birth Date

1861

Death Date

1937

Topic

  • Geologists
  • Paleontologists
  • Zoology
  • Botany

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Personal name

Occupation

  • Geologists
  • Botanists
  • Zoologists
  • Paleontologists