Taylor, William Ralph

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Biographical History

William Taylor (1919-2004) was born in Spring Hill, Kansas. He attended University of Kansas, but put his education on hold to join the Army Air Force during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart. Taylor returned to the University of Kansas, and earned his B.S. (1947). He went onto the University of Michigan where he earned his M.Sc. (1951) and Ph.D. (1956) studying catfishes (noturus). In 1956, the US National Museum hired him to work on a collection of fishes assembled during the Arnhem Land Expedition in the Northern Territory of Australia. He completed field work in Michigan and the Southeast United states. Taylor also studied in the west central and east central Atlantic, took part in the International Indian Ocean Expedition, and went to Colombia with Leslie Knapp. He died November 7, 2004 in Huntington, Maryland.

Source

  • Library of Congress. NACO. Control Number: no2008029924
  • Collette, B.B. & Smith, D.G. (2005). William Ralph Taylor, 1919-2004. Copeia, 2005 (3), 709-711. Retrieved at http://www.jstor.org/stable/4098583

Birth Date

1919

Death Date

2004

Topic

  • Natural history museum curators
  • Ichthyologists

Form/Genre

Personal name

Occupation

  • Ichthyologists
  • Natural history museum curators