The history of science is full of many important
and interesting scientists, explorers, researchers,
and personalities (a nice way of saying some
of them were-....well, hmmm). Of course,
we cannot began to list even a small percentage
of these folks on this site or the Biographies
Section, but we will list some and add more
from time to time.
This site is to
provide our visitors with some biographical
information on some of these important and
interesting characters in science. Some are
contemporary and some are historical (i.e.
deceased, both recently and long ago). They
vary in fields of interest, but many are
or were involved in geology and paleontology,
although some were in other fields of natural
and Earth science. Some of the scientists
hold degrees and others became prominent
without a degree or formal training. Some
are local to the Greater Houston Area or
at least to Texas, where the Proctor Museum
of Natural Science is located and others
are known nationally and some internationally.
There is much more
information about all of those listed, than
is provided here. However, we hope that provided
what we do here, may help you to get to know
these people better and may help students
in doing research. We encourage anyone to
do additional research in libraries, online
and other sources and not accept this material
as being the complete resort for accuracy
or completeness. We believe and hope that
this Biographies Section will help.
Review the alphabetical
listing of scientists below to find the person
you may be looking for. Then just CLICK on
the name of the person whom you want to know
about, and this will take you to the biographical
information on that individual. Some persons
listed, such as your Proctor Museum Curator,
are listed just so you will have information
you may wish on such person, not necessarily
because such person has achieved any special
scientific recognition. Note that * before
a name means the person is deceased.
Here are those whose Biographies currently
appear in this
Proctor Museum of Natural Science Biography
- Akers, Tom & Rosemary. Authors of several books on Texas Fossils
& members of HGMS.
- *Andrews, Roy Chapman. Paleontologist and explorer who discovered
dinosaurs in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia.
- Bakker, Robert T. 'Bob', Ph.D. Paleontologist, Author, T.V. & Film Consultant
and Commentator on dinosaurs and paleontology.
Credited with theory of hot blooded dinosaurs. He is in the Board of the PMNS.
- Bartsch. Joel, D.D. President of Houston Museum of Natural Science,
member HGMS, former Minerals Curator for
- *Cope, Edward Drinker. Paleontologist and former friend, then
protagonist of Othniel Charles Marsh during
the 'Bone Wars'.
- *Cross, Robert 'Bob'. Geology Professor San Jacinto College,
lecturer, member of HGMS & Board Member
Proctor Museum for many years before his
- *Cuvier, Baron Georges. (1769-1832) was a French vertebrate zoologist
who revolutionized biology by developing
a natural system of classifying animals
on comparative anatomy.
- Emerson, John & *Bobbie. Two members of HGMS, who together co-authored
with the Akers a couple of books and then
together wrote a book, some of the proceeds
from such book were donated to HGMS. The
Emersons also gave Terry Proctor a case
Bobbie died in 2009.
- Garcia, Frank A. A self-taught paleontologist, worked for
Smithsonian Museum. He discovered the largest
collection of Pleistocene fossils in one
location & is a founder of the Tampa
Bay Fossil Club. He is on the Board of the PMNS.
- *Gould, Stephen Jay, Ph.D. Snail biologist originally, prolific author
and monthly columnist for years for Natural
- Hanson, Robert Edward "Bob", PhD in Chemistry (1927?-2006?) Chemist for Shell
Oil Company and collector of fossils, AmerIndian
artifacts, Hunter-Fisher and researcher and
collector of large library of books.
- *Holdeman, James Harvey, Sr. Geologist & early oilman who explored
and made maps in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana,
New Mexico, Kansas, Canada, Old Mexico
al dated from 1879-1965.
- Immega, Neal, Ph.D. Paleontologist, member HGMS who takes care
of the Shop, leads Field Trips, lectures
and wife, Immega, Inda Geologist and member of HGMS--both are regular
docents for the HMNS
- Jones, Bob prolific author, Senior Consulting Editor,
Rock & Gem magazine and regular lecturer
and expert on minerals. He also appears at American Federation of
Mineralogical Society Shows all over the
U.S. and other forums
- *Kidwell, Albert L., Ph.D. Geologist and discoverer of the mineral Kidwellite.
Also a member of HGMS.
- Larson, Peter Paleontologist who excavated and prepped
'Sue' before U.S. government seized that
most complete 'T-Rex', the prosecuted Peter.
You need to read the entire story of this
unjust attempt to stop collection of vertebrate
fossils, even when the land owner has been
paid. He is on the Board of the PMNS
- *Leidy, Joseph Pioneer Anatomist & Paleontologist in 1840s.
Discovered first U.S. dinosaur and named
the Hadrosaurus, one of the most commonly
- Lewis, Patrick J., Ph.D. Paleontologist and Professor at Sam Houston
State University. Found oldest primate known
and most early primates in one location,
in Egyptian desert AND found oldest true
elephant in Botswana with other Paleontologically
significant findings on expeditions. He is
on the Board of the PMNS.
- *March, Othniel Charles Paleontologist and former friend, then protagonist
of Edward Drinker Cope during the 'Bone Wars'.He was a professor at Yale (through connections--and often away)
- Proctor, Terrell William 'Terry', J.D. Board Chairman, Curator and General Counsel
of PMNS since 1989; Pres. HGMS 2008 &
2009; Attorney, former Judge, award-winning
writer & artist.
- Sereno, Paul, Ph.D. A younger Paleontologist he has discovered
new species of dinosaurs on five continents;
is a professor at Chicago University; a
Geographic Explorers-in-Residence; and
located and dug up 40' long 'Super Croc'.
- Singleton, Scott Geologist and fossil plant expert. A past
- Sinibaldi, Robert, Ph.D. Professor in South Florida, author, Past
Pres. Tampa Bay Fossil Club and monthly
of books on fossils et al. Dives for fossils in Florida.
- Smith, Art, M.A. Geologist, Author and expert mineral analyst.
HGMS member and Club Librarian for many years.
- Tidwell, William D. former Prof. of Botany at Brigham Young University.
Author or co-author of about 200 or more
papers and abstracts and at least three
on fossil plants. The authority on Fossil
Plants of Western North America.
- Wolf, George and son, Wolf, David are fossil collectors. David also does fossil
preparation. They learned by doing and both
are very knowledgeable. Both are former Chairman
of the Paleontology Section of HGMS. George
has virtually a museum at his home.
- Zingula, Richard 'Dick', Ph.D. retired oil company Geologist; avid fossil
collector; and lecturer for years to Paleontology
Section of HGMS.