Gabb, William M.

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Biographical History

William More Gabb (1839-1878) was born on January 16, 1839, in Philadelphia. He was a paleontologist who studied at the Smithsonian Institution. In 1867, Gabb participated in a survey of Baja California. In 1873, he went to Costa Rica to perform a survey of the geology, geography, and resources in the Talamanca region. It was a three-year survey, and during that time he gathered ethnological and natural history collections for the United States National Museum. During his expedition work he contracted malaria. He died on May 30, 1878.


  • Library of Congress. NACO. Control Number: n 86873088
  • Dall, W. H. (1909). Biographical memoir William More Gabb. National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs, vol. VI. Retrieved April 2012 from 1839-1878

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