Mayr, Ernst, 1904-2005

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Birth 1904-07-05
Death 2005-02-03

Biographical notes:

Correspondence to Lewis and Sophia Mumford from Ernst Mayr and his wife, Gretel Mayr.

From the description of Letters, 1965-1979 : to Lewis and Sophia Mumford. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155872482

Ernst Mayr is a zoologist.

From the description of Papers, 1946, 1974-1979. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 173465832

From the guide to the Ernst Mayr papers, 1946, 1974-1979, Bulk, 1974-1979, 1946-1979, (American Philosophical Society)

Ernst Mayr was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University from 1953-1975 and Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology from 1961-1970.

From the description of Papers of Ernst Mayr, ca. 1920-1993. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76973294

Ernst Mayr, German-born American Zoologist, is credited with modernizing the theory of evolution, a development sometimes called "the modern synthesis". This is a synthesis of genetic, systematic, paleontological and ecological research integrated to form a coherent theory of evolution.

Born in Kempten, Germany in 1934, Mayr studied at Berlin. He was Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University from 1953-1975. His early work was on the ornithology of the Pacific, leading three scientific expeditions to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands from 1928 to 1930. In his later career he was best known for his neo-Darwinian views on evolution, published in his books Animal Species and Evolution in 1963, and Evolution and the Diversity of Life in 1976.

From the guide to the Papers of Ernst Mayr, 1931-1993, (Harvard University Archives)


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  • Ornithology
  • Evolution--History--20th century
  • Genetics
  • Paleontology
  • Biological specimens
  • Zoology
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Punched card systems--Biology
  • Science publishing
  • Biology--Classification
  • Evolution
  • Science--Societies, etc


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  • New Guinea (as recorded)
  • Solomon Islands (as recorded)
  • Solomon Islands (as recorded)