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Joseph Grinnell

Joseph Grinnell
Born: near Fort Sill, OK 2/27/1877; died 5/29/1939
Education: Throop Polytechnic Institute (now Cal Tech) (B.S. 1897); Stanford (M.A. 1901; Ph.D 1913)
Dissertation title: An account of the mammals and birds of the lower Colorado Valley with especial reference to the distributional problems presented (Univ. Calif. Publ. Zool. 10:197-406)
Advisor: Charles H. Gilbert (?)
Teaching history: UC Berkeley (1913-1939)
Ph.D. students: Alden Miller
ESA officers and honors: Vice President 1932
External links: Condor obituary | Wikipedia | Smith bios

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Sir C. Maurice Yonge

Sir C. Maurice Yonge
Born: Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK 12/9/1899; died 3/17/1986
Education: Edinburgh (B.Sc. 1922; Ph.D. 1924; D.Sc 1927)
Advisor: ?
Primary specialty: Marine zoology
Teaching history: Bristol Univ. (11933-44); Glasgow (1944-70)
Ph.D. students: Joseph H. Connell
External links: Wikipedia | Glasgow Univ. bio

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George M. Woodwell

George M. Woodwell
Born: Cambridge, MA 10/23/28
Education: Dartmouth (A.B. 1950), Duke (A.M. 1956, Ph.D. 1958)
Dissertation title: Factors limiting the growth of pond pine seedlings in organic soils of the Carolinas. (Ecol. Mon. 28:219-236)
Advisor: Henry J. Oosting (C)
Teaching history: Maine 1957-61
Others influenced: William A. Reiners
ESA offices and honors: Vice President 1967; President 1977-78; Fellow 2012
ESA links: Presidential bio
External links: Wikipedia

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John N. Wolfe

John N. Wolfe
Born: Logan, OH 12/2/10; died 12/16/74
Education: Ohio State (B.A. 1933, M. Sc. 1934, Ph.D. 1937)
Dissertation title: The lichens of Ohio (Ohio Biol. Survey 36:1-50)
Advisor: Edgar N. Transeau (signed dissertation)
Comments: Was also strongly influenced by Lewis H. Tiffany while at Ohio State.
Teaching history: Ohio State 1937-55, 1957-58
ESA Links: ESA Obituary

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Robert H. Whittaker

Robert H. Whittaker
Born: Wichita, KS 12/27/20, died 10/20/80
Education: Washburn Univ. (B.A. 1942); Univ. of Illinois (Ph.D. 1948)
Dissertation title: A vegetation analysis of the Great Smoky Mountains (Ecol. Mon. 26:1-80)
Advisor: S. Charles Kendeigh (C)
Comments: Started at Illinois under Victor E. Shelford with Arthur G. Vestal as a co-adviser to represent botany. Switched to Kendeigh when Shelford retired in 1946
Teaching history: Washington State 1948-51, Brooklyn Coll. 1954-64, Univ. of California (Irvine) 1966-68, Cornell 1968-1980
Ph.D. students: Walter Westman, Robert K. Peet, Susan Bratton, Thomas Wentworth, Owen Sholes, Mark Wilson, Linda Olsvig-Whittaker, Kerry Woods.
ESA offices and honors: Mercer Award 1967; Member-at-Large 1969-71; Vice President 1970-71; Eminent Ecologist 1981
ESA links: Mercer Award | Eminent Ecologist
External links: NAS bibliographic memoir | Oxford Bibliographies | Wikipedia |

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Edgar T. Wherry

Edgar T. Wherry
Born:  Philadelphia, PA 9/10/1885; died 5/19/1982
Education: Pennsylvania (B.S. 1906; Ph.D. 1909)
Dissertation title: Contributions to the mineralogy of the Newark group in Pennsylvania (Trans. Wagner Free Institute of Science of Philadelphia 7, February, 1910)
Advisor: ?
Comments: Started his career as a mineralogist and chemist but became interested in soil acidity and plant-soil relations and eventually moved entirely into botany.  He wrote several popular field guides to eastern wildflowers and ferns.
Teaching history: Lehigh 1908-13; Penn 1930-1955
Ph.D. students: Robert B. Platt
External links: USGS memoir | Wikipedia

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Arthur G. Vestal

Arthur G. Vestal
Born: LaGrange, IL 9/10/1888; died 6/5/64
Education: Illinois (B.A. 1911); Colorado (M.A. 1913); Chicago (Ph.D. 1915)
Dissertation title: Phytogeography of the eastern mountain front in Colorado (Bot. Gaz. 68:153-193)
Advisor: Henry C. Cowles (confirmed by R. Brewer)
Other influences: Also influenced by Francis Ramaley, his Master’s adviser, and Henry A. Gleason, with whom he worked as an undergraduate.
Teaching history: Colorado 1911-14, Eastern Illinois State Normal School 1915-20, Stanford 1920-29, Illinois 1929-57.
Ph.D. students: C. H. Muller
Others influenced: William T. Penfound, Robert H. Whittaker
ESA offices and honors: Secretary-Treasurer 1934-35

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James W. Toumey

James W. Toumey
Born:  Lawrence, MI 4/17/1864; died 1932
Education:  Michigan Agric. College (B.S. 1889; M.S. 1896); Yale (M.A. 1906).
Advisor: (no Ph.D.)
Teaching history:  Arizona 1892-98; Yale 1901-?
Ph.D. students: Clarence F. Korstian

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Lewis H. Tiffany

Lewis H. Tiffany
Born: Lawrenceville, IL 7/29/1894; died 3/16/1965
Education: Eastern Illinois State Teachers College (1912-15); Chicago (B.S. 1919); Ohio State (M.S. 1921, Ph.D. 1923)
Dissertation title: A physiological study of growth and reproduction among certain green algae (Ohio J. Sci. 24:65-98)
Advisor: Edgar N. Transeau (signed dissertation)
Teaching history: Ohio State 1920-37; Northwestern 1937-1962 (emeritus)
Ph.D. students:
Others influenced: John N. Wolfe
ESA links: ESA Obituary

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Forest W. Stearns

Forest W. Stearns
Born: Milwaukee, WI 9/10/18. died 9/8/1999
Education: Harvard (B.A. 1939); Wisconsin (Ph.M. 1940; Ph.D. 1947)
Dissertation title: The composition of the sugar maple-hemlock-yellow birch association in northern Wisconsin (Ecology 32:245-265)
Advisor: John T. Curtis (C)
Teaching history: Purdue 1947-57; Univ. of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) 1968-87
ESA offices and honors:  Vice  President 1971-72; Treasurer 1972-75; President 1975-76; Distinguished Service Citation 1979
ESA links: Distinguished Service Citation | Resolution of Respect | Ruth Stearns obituary |
UW-M Memorial Resolution

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