Geologist. He was in the first graduating class of the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale, in 1862. He became a member of the California Geological of Survey and was noted for his exploration of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in 1864. He also conducted the survey of the Yosemite Valley Mountains and the glaciers on Mount Shasta, California in 1875. Returning to Washington D.C. he convinced congress to finance further expeditions and became the leader of U.S. survey. In 1879, he was made first director of the new United States Geological of Survey serving until 1881. Returning to the Great Divide, he conducted the Coast Geodetic Survey and became famous for his geological work pertaining to mining when he exposed a diamond fraud which prevented a financial catastrophe. He led the geological expedition of the West 40th parallel and was with the Anglo-American Mining Company in 1883, as a consultant. His published scientific studies of American West Geology are in the American Journal of Science and Smithsonian Institute. He is considered one of the greatest geology scientists of the 19th century. Mount Clarence King, King's National Park Nevada, Clarence King Lake, Shastina California and King's Peak Utah are named in his honor. Cause of death, tuberculosis.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith