G. Arthur Cooper in Marathon, Texas

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

G. Arthur Cooper in Marathon, Texas

Author
Grant, Richard E
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
Photograph included in the transcript of G. Arthur Cooper Interview by Pamela M. Henson, January 26, 1984, in Smithsonian Institution Archives
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.
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
c. 1960
Standard number
86-496
Restrictions & Rights
No restrictions
Type
Landscape
Person, candid
Photographic print
Physical description
Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: person, candid; Landscape; Medium: Photographic print
Place
Washington (D.C.)
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Topic
Century plant
Hess Ranch, Marathon, Texas
Field Work
Flora and fauna
Museum curators
Paleobiologists
Scientific expeditions
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Record ID
siris_sic_10838

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