Verrill, A.E. (Addison Emery), 1839-1926

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Addison Emery Verrill (1839-1926) earned his Harvard SB summa cum laude in 1862 and an honorary AM from Yale in 1867. As an undergraduate student, he spent much of his time in the study of zoology, spending many hours cataloging specimens in the museum of comparative zoology and joining expeditions. In the summer of 1861, Addison Emery Verill, a Harvard undergraduate, joined an expedition to Anticosti. He worked closely with Professor Louis Agassiz. Verrill became Professor of Comparative Anatomy and Entomology at the University of Wisconsin from 1868 to 1870. He was Yale University's first Professor of Zoology, serving there from 1864-1907.

From the description of Diary of A. E. Verrill, 1 January 1860-21 December 1862. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 695668122

Addison Emery Verrill was a zoologist and taxonomist who specialized in marine invertebrates.

Verrill studied at Harvard under Louis Agassiz, and in 1864 was appointed to the the newly-created chair of zoology at Yale, where he spent the rest of his career until his retirement in 1910. He also started the zoological collections of the Peabody Museum of Natural History and served as curator. From 1871 until 1887, Verrill was in charge of the the scientific investigations of the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries, studying the specimens and participating in a number of expeditions: to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America; and to Hawaii, Bermuda and Central America. He discovered and described hundreds of new marine species and published over 300 scientific papers. Verrill intended to write a series of monographs on all the major groups of marine invertebrates, but was unable to complete such an ambitious project. His son, Alpheus Hyatt Verrill, assisted in the completion of some of the illustrations.

From the description of Illustrations of mollusks, [1878?-1926?]. (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 57371740

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creatorOf Verrill, A. E. (Addison Emery), 1839-1926. [Miscellaneous zoology, 1864-1872, 1872-1880]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Chadbourne, Paul A. (Paul Ansel), 1823-1883. Miscellany, 1867-1869, 1927. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Hartt, Charles Frederick, 1840-1878. Charles Frederick Hartt papers, 1863-1874. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Verrill, A. E. (Addison Emery), 1839-1926. Diary of A. E. Verrill, 1 January 1860-21 December 1862. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Verrill, A. E. (Addison Emery), 1839-1926. [Radiata ... 1864-1872]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Winfrid Alden Stearns Papers, 1871-1906 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Immigration Restriction League (U.S.) records, 1893-1921. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Putnam, Frederic Ward (1839-1915), Papers, bulk 1855-1935 Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University
creatorOf Verrill, A. E. (Addison Emery), 1839-1926. [Marine Invertebrata of New England ... 1868-1880]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Stimpson, William, 1832-1872. Report on marine invertebrates. University of Washington Libraries
creatorOf Verrill, A. E. (Addison Emery), 1839-1926. Some results of the exploration of the deep-sea, beneath the Gulf Stream, by the U.S. Fish Commission steamer Albatross, during the past summer / by A.E. Verrill. Harvard University, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology
creatorOf Verrill, A. E. (Addison Emery), 1839-1926. Illustrations of mollusks, [1878?-1926?]. American Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Verrill, A. E. (Addison Emery), 1839-1926. Professor Sidney Irving Smith, ca. 1926. Maine Historical Society Library
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associatedWith Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873. person
associatedWith Albatross (Steamer) corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Invertebrates. corporateBody
associatedWith Bush, Katharine Jeanette, 1855- person
associatedWith Chadbourne, Paul A. (Paul Ansel), 1823-1883. person
correspondedWith Frederic Ward Putnam, 1813-1915 person
associatedWith Hartt, Charles Frederick, 1840-1878. person
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Museum of Comparative Zoology. corporateBody
correspondedWith Immigration Restriction League (U.S.). corporateBody
associatedWith Miner, Roy Waldo, 1875-1955. person
associatedWith Smith family. family
associatedWith Smith, Sidney I. (Sidney Irving), 1843-1926. person
associatedWith Stearns, Winfrid Alden, 1852-1909 person
associatedWith Stimpson, William, 1832-1872. person
associatedWith Treadwell, Aaron L. (Aaron Louis), 1866-1947. person
associatedWith Verrill, A. Hyatt (Alpheus Hyatt), 1871-1954. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New England
Pacific Ocean
Norway (Me.)
United States
Mollusks--Pictorial works
Marine animals


Birth 1839-02-09

Death 1926-12-10





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