Lillie, Frank Rattray, 1870-1947

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Birth 1870-06-27
Death 1947-11-05

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A.B., University of Toronto, 1891. Instructor in zoology, University of Michigan, 1894-1899. Professor of Biology, John P. Girard Chair of Natural History, Vassar College, 1899-1900. Head of the Department of Embryology, Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, 1893-1907; assistant director, 1900-1908; director, 1908-1926; president, 1925-1942. Assistant professor of zoology and embryology, University of Chicago, 1900-1902; associate professor, 1902-1907; professor, 1907-1947; chairman of the Department of Zoology, 1911-1931; dean of the Biological Sciences Division, 1931-1935.

From the description of Papers, 1910-1931 (inclusive). (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 52247335

The career of Frank Rattray Lillie (1870-1947) as teacher, researcher, and "statesman of science," began under the tutelage of Charles O. Whitman. After Lillie received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1894, he entered upon a lifetime of fruitful zoological research. His primary interests were in experimental embryology, fertilization, sex hormones, and sex differentiation. In addition to research, much of Lillie's time was consumed by administration. First among his many accomplishments was the development of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. During his chairmanship of the Zoology Department at the University of Chicago, 1910 to 1931, Lillie not only maintained an active research program but also revitalized the teaching program on both the graduate and the undergraduate levels. He held presidencies in the National Research Council and the National Academy of Science. In 1931, Lillie became Dean of the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago.

From the guide to the Lillie, Frank R. Papers, 1899-1941, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)


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