Charles Doolittle Walcott

Charles Doolittle Walcott

Charles Doolittle Walcott

Birth : March 31, 1850 New York Mills, New York,USA

Death : February 9, 1927 (aged 76) Washington, DC,USA

Personal Information

Name Charles Doolittle Walcott
Birth March 31, 1850 New York Mills, New York,USA
Birth Place New York Mills, New York,USA
Death (aged 76) Washington, DC,USA
Died At Washington, DC,USA
Nationality United States
Fields Paleontology
Institution Smithsonian Institution US Geological Survey)
Famous Research Burgess shale

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Events Occured in Scienctist Life

1909

He is famous for his discovery in 1909 of well-preserved fossils, including some of the oldest soft-part imprints, in the Burgess Shale of British Columbia, Canada.

1822

His grandfather, Benjamin S. Walcott, moved from Rhode Island in 1822.

1872

On January 9, 1872, Walcott married Lura Ann Rust, daughter of the owner of a farm in New York where Walcott made one of his most important trilobite discoveries (Walcott-Rust quarry).

1876

She died on January 23, 1876.

1876

In 1876, he became the assistant to James Hall, State Geologist of New York.

1879

In 1879, Walcott joined the US Geological Survey and rose to become chief paleologist in 1893 and then director in 1894.

1888

He married Helena Breese Stevens in 1888.

1896

Walcott was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1896.

1901

In 1901, he served as president of the Geological Society of America.

1902

In 1902, he met with Andrew Carnegie and became one of the founders and incorporators of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

1921

In 1921 Walcott was awarded the inaugural Mary Clark Thompson Medal from the National Academy of Sciences.

1923

He served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1923.

1907

Walcott became Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1907 after the death of Samuel Pierpont Langley, holding the latter post until his own death.

1909

As part of the centennial celebration of Darwin's birth, Walcott was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cambridge in 1909.

1910

In 1910, the year after his discovery of 508 million year old (middle Cambrian) fossils in the Burgess shale, Walcott returned to the area accompanied by his sons Stuart and Sidney.

1910

Between 1910 and 1924, Walcott returned repeatedly to collect more than 65,000 specimens from what is now known as the Walcott Quarry, named after him.

1911

Walcott's wife Helena died in a train crash in Connecticut in 1911.

1914

In 1914, Walcott married his third wife, Mary Morris Vaux, an amateur artist and avid naturalist.

1914

In 1914 Walcott convened a conference in Washington, D.C. for the purpose of stimulating interest in aeronautic science, and its relation to the U.S. government.

1960

After Walcott's death in Washington, DC, his samples, photographs, and notes remained in storage until their rediscovery by a new generation of paleontologists in the late 1960s.

1989

Walcott would be little known today if he had not been brought to attention by Stephen Jay Gould's book Wonderful Life (1989).

1990

Walcott's work on Ordovician trilobites of New York also tended to be overlooked until, in the early 1990s, Rochester-based amateur paleontologist Thomas Whiteley revived Walcott's research and re-opened the Walcott–Rust quarry near Russia, New York.

1890

The fauna of the Lower Cambrian or Olenellus zone, (1890) Extract from the 10th annual report of the director of the U. S. Geological Survey, 1888–89, pt.