Barghoorn, Elso S. (Elso Sterrenberg), 1915-1984

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Elso Sterrenberg Barghoorn (1915-1984) was Fisher Professor of Natural History at Harvard University where he taught paleobotany, biology, and geology.

From the description of Papers of Elso Barghoorn, ca. 1937-1984 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77003965

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The paleobotanist Elso Barghoorn exerted an enormous influence on the scientific understanding of the early evolution of life on earth. After receiving his doctorate at Harvard in 1941, Barghoorn taught briefly at Amherst College before returning to Havard five years later, eventually becoming the Richard A. Fisher Professor of Natural History. A pioneer in paleopalynology, he he and two colleagues announced the startling discovery of a well-preserved Archaean fossil flora in 1954, including the first solid record of fossil bacteria and cyanobacteria from the Gunflint chert of Ontario. Culminating in a landmark 1965 publication (with Stanley Tyler), his work demonstrated conclusively the existence of unicellular fossils and helped to revolutionize study of deep evolutionary time.

From the guide to the Elso S. Barghoorn Journals MS 820., 1944-1984, (Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Farlow Reference Library collection of botanists papers, 1855-1946 (inclusive). Harvard University, Farlow Reference Library
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Rollins, Reed C. (Reed Clark), 1911-1998. Papers of Reed Rollins, 1940-1998 (inclusive) Harvard University, Gray Herbarium
creatorOf Elso S. Barghoorn Journals MS 820., 1944-1984 Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries
creatorOf Barghoorn, Elso S. Papers of Elso Barghoorn, ca. 1937-1984 (inclusive). Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
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associatedWith Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Botanical Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Margulis, Lynn, 1938-2011 person
correspondedWith Provine, William B. person
associatedWith Rollins, Reed C. (Reed Clark), 1911-1998. person
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Hackensack Meadowlands (N.J.)


Birth 1915

Death 1984



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