- Robert P. Sharp
Bryan, Kirk (22 July 1888–21 August 1950), geologist, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of Richard William Dickinson Bryan, a teacher and lawyer, and Suzannah Hunter Patten, a teacher. Bryan lived to early manhood in Albuquerque, where he earned one of the first bachelor’s degrees (1909) in geology granted by the University of New Mexico. His first two years at the university were devoted to the classics, at the wish of his father, who had been alienated by a dictatorial German scientist, Emil Bessels, while on the Arctic Polaris Expedition (1871–1873) and did not wish his son to pursue his interests in science. Having exhausted the classics curriculum, however, Kirk turned to geology; after graduation, he continued his study of the subject at Yale. He received a Ph.D. in geology there in 1920. In 1923 he married Mary MacArthur; they had four children....