G. Arthur Cooper's 80th Birthday Party

ID: 2002-32273

Creator: Doescher, R

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1982

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4

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G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) Cooper (1902-2000), curator of paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, listens to a guest at his eightieth birthday party at the museum in 1982. 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-
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Paleobiology


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Featured in TORCH, April 1982

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