Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman), 1887-1984

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Birth 1887-03-16
Death 1984

Biographical notes:

Dr. Samuel Stillman Berry was a U.S. marine zoologist who specialized in cephalopods. He received a B.S. (1909) from Stanford and his M.S. (1910) from Harvard. He then returned to Stanford for his Ph.D. work on cephalopods and got his doctorate in 1913. From 1913 until 1918, he worked as a librarian and research assistant at the Scripps Institution for Biological Research in La Jolla, California. He became a renowned malacologist, publishing 209 articles and establishing 401 mollusc taxa. Most of his work dealt with chitons, cephalopods, and also land snails. Berry also had an interest in horticulture, where he concentrated on the hybridization of irises and daffodils. For some time, from the 1920s until the late 1940s, he ran a horticultural business from Winnecook Ranch in Montana, which he had taken over after the death of his father in 1911. In 1917 he became the president of the Winnecook Ranch Company, a post he occupied until his death in 1984.

From the description of The Great Auk collection, circa 1805-1940. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754865900

Zoologist. Stillman Berry specialized in marine fauna and horticulture and built a notable private library. He received his a.b. (1909) and Ph.D. (1913) from Stanford University.

From the description of An oral history of Samuel Stillman Berry, interview by Dr. Donald R. Shasky : transcript (photocopy), 1980-1982. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122448845

Marine biologist specializing in cephalopods.

From the description of Samuel Stillman Berry interview : ms., 1980 May 4. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 26561339


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