Charles Doolittle Walcott

Charles D. Walcott
4th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
In office
Preceded bySamuel Pierpont Langley
Succeeded byCharles Greeley Abbot
3rd Director of the United States Geological Survey
In office
1894 (1894)–1907 (1907)
Preceded byJohn Wesley Powell
Succeeded byGeorge Otis Smith
4th Director of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
In office
PresidentCalvin Coolidge
Preceded byJohn R. Freeman
Succeeded byJoseph Sweetman Ames
Personal details
Born(1850-03-31)March 31, 1850
New York Mills, New York, U.S.
DiedFebruary 9, 1927(1927-02-09) (aged 76)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting placeRock Creek Cemetery
Washington, D.C.
Lura Ann Rust
(m. 1872; died 1876)

Helena Breese Stevens
(m. 1888; died 1911)

Mary Morris Vaux
AwardsBigsby Medal (1895)
Wollaston Medal (1918)
Mary Clark Thompson Medal (1921)
Scientific career
InstitutionsSmithsonian Institution
US Geological Survey
Author abbrev. (zoology)Walcott

Charles Doolittle Walcott (March 31, 1850 – February 9, 1927) was an American paleontologist, administrator of the Smithsonian Institution from 1907 to 1927, and director of the United States Geological Survey.[1][2] He is famous for his discovery in 1909 of well-preserved fossils, including some of the oldest soft-part imprints, in the Burgess Shale of British Columbia, Canada.

  1. ^ Wonderful Life (book) by Stephen Jay Gould published in 1989, Chapter 4
  2. ^ "Walcott, Charles Doolittle". The International Who's Who in the World. 1912. p. 1059.

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