Leo J. Hickey Holding a Red Leaf

ID: SIA2013-03971

Creator: Sandved, Kjell Bloch 1922-

Form/Genre: Person, candid

Date: 1975

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 095-13, Box 1, Folder A -Kier

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Summary

  • Leo J. Hickey, paleobotanist with the Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, is holding up a red leaf enclosed in glass.
  • Hickey was curator and research scientist in paleobiology at the Smithsonian from 1969 to 1982 and chief scientist for four major permanent exhibits including the Ice Age Mammals and the Emergence of Man which traced the impact of the Ice Age on the earth and evolution.
  • An expert in stratigraphy, the plant fossil record, and the history of life broadly, Hickey from the start melded botanical and geological approaches to understand plant evolution. He revolutionized the study of fossil leaves by making a comprehensive study of leaf vein patterns in living plants and using the detailed patterns he found to identify and classify the fossils. By analyzing the sediments in which the earliest fossils of flowering plants were preserved, he could reconstruct the ecological setting in which this preeminent group of plants evolved.

Subject

  • Hickey, Leo J
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Paleontology and Paleobotany
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Paleobiology
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • Kjell Bloch Sandved of the Office of Exhibits, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), at the commission of Porter Kier, then Director, NMNH, prepared these photographic materials to document personnel and activities of NMNH in 1975. K
  • For additional photos of Leo J. Hickey, see Negatives SIA2013-03967 through SIA2013-03971.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 095-13, Box 1, Folder A -Kier

Contact information

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

Date

1975

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Topic

  • Paleobiologists
  • Natural History
  • Paleoontology
  • Botany
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Paleobotany
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Plants
  • Paleobotanists
  • Fossils
  • Museum curators
  • Natural history
  • Paleobiology
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Person, candid
  • Slide

ID Number

SIA2013-03971

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 1w x 1 3.7h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Slide

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