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 George Clyde Fisher

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George Clyde Fisher

Birth
Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio, USA
Death
7 Jan 1949 (aged 70)
New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial
Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio, USA
Plot
Sec 4
Memorial ID
134552386 View Source

Dr. Clyde Fisher, retired curator in chief of astronomy and at the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History, died yesterday after a long illness in Doctors Hospital, at the age of 70.

Throughout his active career, which included such specialized fields as botany, zoology, exploration, teaching, writing and lecturing, one of the guiding purposes of his work was the popularization of natural history.

In 1936 Dr. Fisher was a member of the Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Eclipse Expedition to Siberia. A year later he headed the American Museum Eclipse Expedition to Peru. He traveled with the museum group in 1943 and 1944 to the volcano Paricutin in Mexico.

A group of islands off the coast of North Labrador in 1944 were named in his honor. Since 1947 Dr. Fisher was president of the Explorers Club. He had belonged to various astronomy clubs and groups and was chiefly responsible for the founding of the Amateur Astronomers Association.

In 1933 Dr. Fisher married Te Ata, of the Chickasaw Nation, who has given recitals of Indian songs and dramatized Indian legends. The astronomer had been adopted in 1927 into the Sioux tribe of North Dakota and given the Indian name of Mato-koki-popi, or Afraid of Bear.

With his bride he traveled a year later to the Southwest to study meteorology and Indian life. On this and many other trips, Dr. Fisher carried a camera to record interesting objects for his personal collection as well as that of the museum. An admirer of John Burroughs, the naturalist, the curator-astronomer said one of his favorite pastimes was hiking.

In 1905 he married Miss Bessie Wiley, and the couple had three daughters. That union ended in divorce.

In 1933, Dr. Fisher married Mary Frances Thompson, also known as Te Ata. There were no children.

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Fisher died in 1949. His ashes are buried in Graceland Cemetery. Te Ata died a month prior to her 100th birthday, in 1995. Her ashes were scattered among the wildflowers along Pennington Creek in Tishomingo.
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Dr. Clyde Fisher, retired curator in chief of astronomy and at the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History, died yesterday after a long illness in Doctors Hospital, at the age of 70.

Throughout his active career, which included such specialized fields as botany, zoology, exploration, teaching, writing and lecturing, one of the guiding purposes of his work was the popularization of natural history.

In 1936 Dr. Fisher was a member of the Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Eclipse Expedition to Siberia. A year later he headed the American Museum Eclipse Expedition to Peru. He traveled with the museum group in 1943 and 1944 to the volcano Paricutin in Mexico.

A group of islands off the coast of North Labrador in 1944 were named in his honor. Since 1947 Dr. Fisher was president of the Explorers Club. He had belonged to various astronomy clubs and groups and was chiefly responsible for the founding of the Amateur Astronomers Association.

In 1933 Dr. Fisher married Te Ata, of the Chickasaw Nation, who has given recitals of Indian songs and dramatized Indian legends. The astronomer had been adopted in 1927 into the Sioux tribe of North Dakota and given the Indian name of Mato-koki-popi, or Afraid of Bear.

With his bride he traveled a year later to the Southwest to study meteorology and Indian life. On this and many other trips, Dr. Fisher carried a camera to record interesting objects for his personal collection as well as that of the museum. An admirer of John Burroughs, the naturalist, the curator-astronomer said one of his favorite pastimes was hiking.

In 1905 he married Miss Bessie Wiley, and the couple had three daughters. That union ended in divorce.

In 1933, Dr. Fisher married Mary Frances Thompson, also known as Te Ata. There were no children.

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Fisher died in 1949. His ashes are buried in Graceland Cemetery. Te Ata died a month prior to her 100th birthday, in 1995. Her ashes were scattered among the wildflowers along Pennington Creek in Tishomingo.
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