Buddington, Arthur Francis
- Elizabeth Noble Shor
Buddington, Arthur Francis (29 November 1890–25 December 1980), geologist, was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Osmer Gilbert Buddington, a Baptist minister, and Mary Salina Wheeler. When Buddington was thirteen, the family moved to Poquonnock Bridge (near Mystic), Connecticut, where his father also raised vegetables and poultry to supplement his ministerial income. Buddington attended high school in Mystic and had a final year in Westerly, Rhode Island. During high school and college summers he worked on an uncle’s farm and did some lobster fishing. He entered Brown University in 1908. Because he disliked the Latin and Greek required in the liberal arts curriculum, he turned to the scientific program in botany, chemistry, and finally geology. His degree in 1912 was in chemistry. In 1913 he went on to receive an M.S., for which he wrote a thesis on fossil plants in Carboniferous shales from a new tunnel on the college campus....