Oliver, William Albert, 1926-2005

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Biographical History

William A. Oliver, Jr., was born in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up in Champaign, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois and later attended Cornell University, where he earned a Masters (1950), and Doctorate in geology (1952). Oliver worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in 1957 until his retirement in 1993, specializing in the study of Silurian and Devonian rugose corals. He was also a research associate with the Paleobiology Department of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1968 he received Fulbright Award to spend a year in Czechoslovakia studying Middle Devonian corals. He was married to Johanna Kramer Oliver. Oliver passed away on October 8, after being struck by a car in Rockford, Illinois.


  • Library of Congress. NACO. Control Number: n 50025268
  • (2005). “[Obituary] William A. Oliver Jr. Research Scientist.” Washington Post. Retrieved August 26, 2013 from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/15/AR2005101501280.html

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  • Geological Survey (U.S.) : He worked at the United States Geological Survey (1957-1993).
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.): He worked at the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology (1967-2005).

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