Johnson, Douglas Wilson, 1878-1944

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Douglas William Johnson (1878-1944) was an American professor of geography and geology at Columbia University.

Born in Parkersburg, West Virginia on November 30, 1878, Johnson received his B.S. from the University of New Mexico in 1901 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1903. In 1912 Johnson began his teaching career at Columbia, where he remained for more than thirty years as a professor of physiography. He served as an exchange professor of applied science to French universities in 1923-1924.

As well as being an outstanding educator, Johnson was internationally recognized as an authority in his field. He was chief of the Division of Boundary Geography on the American Commission to Negotiate Peace in 1918 and 1919, served as advisor to President Woodrow Wilson on the question of Italian boundary problems, and was consulting physiographer to the Canadian Government in the Labrador Boundary Dispute in 1926.

Johnson was the author of many books and articles, and received numerous awards, commendations and honorary degrees during his lifetime. He died at the age of 65 in Sebring, Florida on February 24, 1944.

From the guide to the Douglas W. Johnson Papers, 1897-1943, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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referencedIn Ellsworth Huntington papers, 1779-1952, 1890-1947 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Fowler, Charles Evan, 1867-1944. Correspondence, 1915-1930. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Johnson, Douglas Wilson, 1878-1944. Collected writings ... 1900-42. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Clive Day papers, 1892-1943 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Douglas W. Johnson Papers, 1897-1943 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Day, Clive, 1871-1951. Clive Day papers, 1892-1943 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964. Letter, September 28, 1939, New York City, to Professor Douglas Johnson, New York City. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Huntington, Ellsworth, 1876-1947. Ellsworth Huntington papers, 1779-1953 (inclusive), 1890-1947 (bulk). Yale University Library
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associatedWith Day, Clive, 1871-1951. person
associatedWith Fowler, Charles Evan, 1867-1944. person
associatedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964. person
associatedWith Huntington, Ellsworth, 1876-1947. person
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Earth scientists, United States
Science and medicine


Birth 1878

Death 1944





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