Kellogg, Remington, 1892-1969

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Biographical History

A. Remington Kellogg (1892-1969) was born on October 5th, in Davenport, Iowa. Kellogg studied mammalogy at the University of Kansas and later at the University of California, where he concentrated on the evolution of marine mammals. At California, Kellogg met John Campbell Merriam, later President of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, who was instrumental in supporting Kellogg's studies in cetology. In 1920, Kellogg joined the Bureau of Biological Survey of the United States Department of Agriculture as an Assistant Biologist. Kellogg also held a research appointment at the Carnegie from 1921 to 1943. He transferred from the Biological Survey to the United States National Museum in 1928 to become Assistant Curator of Mammals, and became Curator in 1941 on Gerrit Smith Miller, Jr.'s, retirement. In 1948, Kellogg was named Director of the United States National Museum and held that post until his retirement in 1962. He was also an Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1958 to 1962. After his retirement, the Smithsonian appointed Kellogg to an honorary position in the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology where he continued his studies in evolutionary marine mammalogy until his death in 1969.


Whitmore, Frank C. (1975). "Remington Kellogg October 5, 1892 - May 8, 1969." National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoir. Retrieved from

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  • Smithsonian Institution: He was Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1958 to 1962.
  • Carnegie Institution of Washington: Kellogg held a research appointment at the Carnegie Institution of Washington from 1921 to 1943.
  • United States National Museum: He was curator of mammals and Director of the US National Museum.

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