G. Arthur Cooper

ID: MNH-1538C

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Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1965

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

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G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) Cooper (1902-2000), stands at the podium as he addresses a gathering at a dinner on October 28, 1965, honoring him. 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.


  • 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


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

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

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



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