Gregory, William K. (William King), 1876-1970

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Vertebrate paleontologist, Curator in the Dept. of Comparative Anatomy, Ichthyology, and Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History; and Professor of Vertebrate Paleontology, Columbia University.

He died in 1970.

From the description of Papers, 1906-1948. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155485193

William King Gregory, vertebrate paleontologist and ichthyologist, was a curator at the American Museum of Natural History and a professor at Columbia University.

Gregory served the AMNH for forty-four years, retiring as chairman and curator of its depts. of Fossil Fishes and of Comparative Anatomy and Ichthyology--the first individual at the AMNH to hold two curatorships. Gregory was also professor of Vertebrate Paleontology at Columbia, having earlier arranged the New York Academy of Sciences library for Professor Bashford Dean. This led to to the editing of Henry Fairfield Osborn's paleontological papers, and the development of the AMNH journal (later Natural history). Gregory's particular interest was the evolution of mammals, fishes and primates. He investigated the comparative anatomy of the muscles of vertebrates; evolution of the motor apparatus from fishes to humans; evolution of the jaws, teeth and skull; comparative anatomy of anthropoid apes and humans; evolution of the skulls of fishes; and the history and relationships of fishes in geologic time. Gregory did some collecting in the Western U.S. and, with Henry C. Raven, in Australia in 1921 and 1922. In 1925 he accompanied (Charles) William Beebe on the Arcturus to the Sargasso Sea. Gregory made two trips to Africa: in 1929, a Columbia-AMNH expedition to Central Africa collected adult gorillas for anatomical study; and in 1938 the Gregory-Hellman Transvaal Expedition to South Africa studied Australopithecus africus, discovered by Robert Broom. Gregory's work was primarily involved with teaching, research and exhibition planning; he also published over 360 works, including articles, books and monographs. He died in 1970.

From the description of Papers, 1889-1948 (bulk 1906-1948). (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 60547880

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referencedIn Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Autograph collection, 1757-1931, 1800-1916 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Gregory, William K. (William King), 1876-1970. The relations of the anterior visceral arches to the chondrocranium. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Andrews, Roy Chapman, 1884-1960. Papers, 1912-1944 (bulk 1919-1940). American Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Dean, Bashford, 1867-1928. Collection, 1888-1961 (bulk 1892-1908). American Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Gregory, William K. (William King), 1876-1970. Bashford Dean : [scrapbook of invitations, letters, newspaper clippings, obituaries, and memorials to Bashford Dean]. American Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Gregory, William K. (William King), 1876-1970. Adaptational studies on the early evolution of the vertebrates / by William K. Gregory. American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn American Museum of Natural History-Columbia University Anatomical Expedition (1929-1931). African biological field photographs, 1929-1931. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn George Gaylord Simpson Papers, 1918-1984 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Gregory, William K. (William King), 1876-1970. Papers, 1906-1948. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Simpson, George Gaylord, 1902-1984. Papers, 1918-1984. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Raven, Henry Cushier, 1889-1944. Collection, [1920?-1944]. American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn Osborn, Henry Fairfield, 1857-1935. Papers, 1901-1942, 1901-1937 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Vertebrate Paleontology. Fossil fish records, 1873-1980. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Gregory, William K. (William King), 1876-1970. Papers, 1889-1948 (bulk 1906-1948). American Museum of Natural History
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associatedWith Adamson, Hans Christian. person
associatedWith Akeley, Carl Ethan, 1864-1926. person
associatedWith Akeley, Mary L. Jobe, b. 1886. person
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History-Columbia University Anatomical Expedition (1929-1931) corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Ichthyology corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Vertebrate Paleontology. corporateBody
associatedWith Andrews, Roy Chapman, 1884-1960. person
associatedWith Beebe, William, 1877-1962. person
associatedWith Berkey, Charles Peter, b. 1867. person
associatedWith Boas, Franz, 1858-1942. person
associatedWith Breder, Charles M. (Charles Marcus), 1897-1983. person
associatedWith Brooklyn Botanic Garden. corporateBody
associatedWith Broom, Robert, 1866-1951. person
associatedWith Brown, Barnum. person
associatedWith Burden, W. Douglas (William Douglas), 1898-1978. person
associatedWith Chapin, James Paul, 1889-1964. person
associatedWith Chapman, Frank M. (Frank Michler), 1864-1945. person
associatedWith Cockerell, Theodore D. A. (Theodore Dru Alison), 1866-1948. person
associatedWith Dean, Bashford, 1867-1928. person
associatedWith Frick, Childs, 1883-1965. person
associatedWith Granger, Walter, 1872- person
associatedWith Gregory-Hellman Transvaal Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History (1938) corporateBody
associatedWith Gregory-Raven Australian Expedition 1921) corporateBody
associatedWith Hellman, Milo, 1872-1947. person
associatedWith Johnson, Martin, 1884-1937. person
associatedWith Johnson, Osa, 1894-1953. person
associatedWith Knight, Charles Robert, 1874-1953. person
associatedWith Lerner, Michael, 1890-1978. person
associatedWith Lucas, Frederic A. (Frederic Augustus), 1852-1929. person
associatedWith Lutz, Frank Eugene, 1879-1943. person
associatedWith Matthew, William Diller, 1871-1930. person
associatedWith Mook, Charles Craig, 1887-1966. person
associatedWith Murphy, Robert Cushman, 1887-1973. person
associatedWith Nichols, John T. (John Treadwell), 1883-1958. person
associatedWith Noble, Gladwyn Kingsley, 1894-1940. person
associatedWith Osborn, Henry Fairfield, 1857-1935. person
associatedWith Parr, Albert Eide, 1900-1991. person
correspondedWith Provine, William B. person
associatedWith Raven, Henry Cushier, 1889-1944. person
associatedWith Schwarz, Herbert Ferlando, 1883-1960. person
associatedWith Shapiro, Harry L. (Harry Lionel), 1902-1990. person
associatedWith Simpson, George Gaylord, 1902-1984. person
associatedWith Williston, Samuel Wendell, 1851-1918. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Transvaal (South Africa)
New York (State)--New York
Africa
New York (State)--New York
New Zealand
Transvaal (South Africa)
United States
Australia
New Zealand
Australia
Subject
Muscles--Evolution
Natural history museum curators--Correspondence
Evolution--Research
Fishes--Anatomy
Reptiles--Anatomy
Bones--Evolution
Science--Societies, etc
Vertebrates--Evolution
Paleontologists--Correspondence
Museum curators--Correspondence
Viverridae
Zoology Research
Natural history museums
Fishes--Evolution
Vertebrates--Anatomy
Primates--Evolution
Vertebrates, Fossil
Paleontology--Research
Museums--Acquisitions
Mammals--Evolution
Paleontology--Research--History
Animals--Classification
Ichthyologists--Correspondence
Ontogeny
Anatomy, Comparative
Carnivora--Evolution
Paleontology--Classification
Scientific expeditions
Occupation
Paleontologists
Museum curators
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Birth 1876-05-19

Death 1970-12-29

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