Williams, Henry Shaler
- William R. Brice
Williams, Henry Shaler (06 March 1847–31 July 1918), geologist, was born in Ithaca, New York, the son of Josiah Butler Williams (1810-1883), a banker, founding trustee of Cornell University, and member of the New York State Senate, and Mary Huggerford Hardy Williams (1824-1911). Although Williams's parents had little formal education, they insisted that their children attend college. Henry did his preparatory work at Ithaca Academy, graduating in 1864, and matriculated at Yale University, graduating in 1868; he finished his PhD in 1871 at the Yale Sheffield Scientific School. After a year at Kentucky University (later known as Transylvania College), he returned to Ithaca and worked seven years in the family businesses, but longed for an academic life. When Theodore Comstock left Cornell in 1879, Williams was appointed assistant professor of geology and became professor of paleontology in 1880, then professor of paleontology and geology in 1886. In 1892 ...