G. Arthur Cooper in Marathon, Texas

ID: 86-496

Creator: Grant, Richard E

Form/Genre: Landscape

Date: c. 1960

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), stands gazing up at a century plant at the Hess Ranch near Marathon, Texas. 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-
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Paleobiology
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Paleobiology Division of Invertebrate Paleontology
  • United States National Museum

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Photograph included in the transcript of G. Arthur Cooper Interview by Pamela M. Henson, January 26, 1984, in Smithsonian Institution Archives

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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. 1960

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Topic

  • Paleobiologists
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Landscapes
  • Hess Ranch, Marathon, Texas
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Field Work
  • Employees
  • Flora and fauna
  • Museums
  • Century plant
  • Museum curators
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Landscape
  • Person, candid
  • Photographic print

ID Number

86-496

Physical description

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

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