Scientist. He was a paleontologist, glaciologist, geologist and one of the founding fathers of the modern scientific tradition. Born in Montier, Switzerland, he was educated in the universities of Switzerland and Germany as a physician, when he immigrated to the United States in 1848, to accepted a professorship at Harvard. In 1859, he founded the Museum of Comparative Zoology. He urged the creation of a National Academy of Sciences, became a founding member in 1863 and was also appointed a regent of the Smithsonian Institution in 1863. He campaigned constantly for the resources of American science and research which made lasting contributions to evolutionary biology and systematics. At the time of his death, he was publicly recognized as America's leading scientist. His wife Elizabeth Agassiz, served as President of Radcliffe College from 1882 to 1899.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith