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Koopman, Karllocked

(01 April 1920–22 September 1997)
  • Ann T. Keene

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Koopman, Karl (01 April 1920–22 September 1997), zoologist, was born Karl Friedrich Koopman in Honolulu, Hawaii, the elder child of Karl H. Koopman, a librarian, and Martha Brown Koopman. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was two years old, and young Koopman, along with his younger sister, attended elementary school there. He later said that his lifelong scientific interest in animals was kindled by frequent trips to the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History as a child. When the elder Koopman was hired by Bard College in the early 1930s, the family moved to New York City, where Karl attended high school for several years. He also attended high school in South Carolina while his father served as the librarian of The Citadel, a military college....

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