G. Arthur Cooper

ID: 86-497

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1957

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9524, Box 1, G. Arthur Cooper Oral History Interviews

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Summary

G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) Cooper (1902-2000), on a field trip is laying on the ground picking up rock specimens to put in a bag he is holding in his right hand. Cooper, a paleobiologist specializing in the classification and stratigraphy of Paleozoic brachiopods, was appointed Assistant Curator in the Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology of the United States National Museum (USNM) in 1930. He advanced to Curator of the Division of Invertebrate Paleontology in 1944. He assumed the Head Curatorship of the Department of Geology in 1957, oversaw its split in 1963, and continued as Chairman of the new Department of Paleobiology. In 1967, he was appointed Senior Paleobiologist, to devote his time completely to research, and continued as Paleobiologist Emeritus after his retirement in 1974. Throughout his career he conducted extensive field work in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, adding significantly to the national collections.

Subject

  • Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Paleobiology

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Photograph included in the transcript of G. Arthur Cooper Interview by Pamela M. Henson, January 12, 1984, in Smithsonian Institution Archives

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9524, Box 1, G. Arthur Cooper Oral History Interviews

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

c. 1957

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Topic

  • Paleobiologists
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Field Work
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Paleontology
  • Museum curators
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

86-497

Physical description

Color: Color; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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