William Cranch Healey Dall

William Cranch Healey Dall

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 27 Mar 1927 (aged 81)
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 62160792 · View Source
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Dall, William Healey, naturalist, born in Boston, Mass., 21 Aug., 1845, was educated at the Boston public schools and then became a special pupil in natural sciences, under Louis Agassiz, and in anatomy and medicine, under Jeffries Wyman and Daniel Brainerd. In 1865 he was appointed lieutenant in the International telegraph expedition, and in this capacity visited Alaska in 1865-'8. From 1871 till 1880 he was assistant to the U.S. coast survey and under its direction spent the years 1871 till 1874 and 1884 in that district. His work, beside the exploration and description of the geography, included the anthropology, natural history and geology of the Alaskan and adjacent regions. From the field-work and collections have resulted maps, memoirs, coast pilot, ad papers on these subjects or branches of them. From 1884 till 1886 he was palaeontologist to the U.S. geological survey, and since 1869 he has been honorary curator of the department of molluscs in the U.S. national museum. In this office he has made studies of recent and fossil molluscs of the world, and especially of North America, from which new information has been derived concerning the brachiopods, patellidae, chitonidae, and the mollusc fauna of the deep sea. These studies have grown out of those devoted to the fauna of northwestern America and eastern Siberia. Mr Dall has been honored with elections to nearly all of the scientific societies in this country, and to many abroad. In 1882 and in 1885 he was vice-president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and presided over the sections of biology and anthropology. His scientific papers include about two hundred titles. Among the separate books are "Alaska and its Resources" (Boston, 1870); "Tribes of the Extreme Northwest" (Washington, 1877); "Coast Pilot of Alaska, Appendix I., Meteorology and Bibliography" (1879); "The Currents and Temperatures of Bering Sea and the Adjacent Waters" (1882); "Pacific Coast Pilot, and Islands of Alaska, Dixon Entrance to Yakutat Bay, with the Inland Passage" (1883); "Prehistoric America," by the Marquis de Nadaillac, edited (New York, 1885); and "Report on the Mollusca Brachipoda and Pelecypoda" of the Blake dredging expedition in the West Indies (Cambridge, 1886).
Adapted from "Appletons' cyclopaedia of American biography, Vol. II, New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1887"


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  • Created by: Adrienne
  • Added: 26 Nov 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62160792
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Cranch Healey Dall (21 Aug 1845–27 Mar 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62160792, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Adrienne (contributor 47022212) .