Alfred S. Romer, paleontologist

by Anonymous on Dec. 28th, 2009

Today's the birthday of Alfred Sherwood Romer, one of the most influential paleontologists of the 20th Century. Born in 1894 in White Plains, New York, Romer received his PhD in zoology at Columbia in 1921, then started work as an associate professor at the University of Chicago. He became a professor of zoology at Harvard in 1934, just a year after the first edition of his book Vertebrate Paleontology was published. Two further editions were published in 1945 and 1966, and the book is still considered a classic text in comparative anatomy. Romer was founder and the first president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. He died in 1973.

Chronology of Romer's life

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