Cross, Charles Whitman
- H. S. Yoder Jr.
Cross, Charles Whitman (01 September 1854–20 April 1949), geologist, was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, the son of the Reverend Moses Kimball Cross, a Congregational minister, and Maria Mason, a teacher. In 1875 he received the degree of bachelor of sciences at Amherst College, where he was the first student in their new Scientific Course, thereby avoiding “the study of dead languages” he found objectionable. He pursued advanced studies in petrography at Göttingen and then under Ferdinand Zirkel at Leipzig where he was awarded the doctor of philosophy degree in 1880. He immediately joined the U.S. Geological Survey, where he remained for forty-five years....