Abbott, R. Tucker (Robert Tucker), 1919-1995

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Biographical History

An important malacologist, Robert Tucker Abbott was born in 1919. Between 1944 and 1954, Robert Tucker Abbott was Assistant Curator and Associate Curator of the Department of Mollusks, while he completed his master's degree and Ph.D. at George Washington University. He wrote the first edition of American Seashells. He had studied under Bill Clench of Harvard. He joined field trips to Guam and the Pacific to research schistosomiasis, a disease that was affecting troops in the Pacific and was caused by the schistosome. In 1969 he moved to the chair of Malacology at the Delaware Museum Department of Mollusks. In 1976 he retired to Florida but went on publishing many books on his research. He became involved with Conchologists of America. He died in 1995.


  • Scheu, L. (1996). Robert Tucker Abbott September 28, 1919-November 3, 1995. Conchologists of America. Retrieved June 21, 2017 from
  • (2003-20110. Abbott, R. Tucker, L. T., deceased. Retrieved June 21, 2017 from

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