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Clark, William Bullock (15 December 1860–27 July 1917), professor of geology and administrator of scientific organizations, was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, the son of Barna Atherton Clark, a merchant, and Helen Bullock. Clark graduated from Brattleboro high school in 1879 and entered Amherst College the following year. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1884, he traveled to Europe with two of his professors and settled in Munich for graduate studies in paleontology, receiving a Ph.D. in 1887. Two years earlier, a Department of Geology had been organized at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and the founder of that department, George H. Williams, was able to convince the university administration he needed more assistance....

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Knopf, Adolph (02 December 1882–23 November 1966), professor of geology, was born in San Francisco, California, the son of German immigrants George Tobias Knopf, a building contractor, and Anna Geisel. The family owned a ranch in open country south of San Francisco (near the San Andreas fault, movement along which caused the San Francisco earthquake of 1906), and Knopf’s early years were divided between country and city. He entered the University of California at Berkeley in 1900, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1904 and a master’s degree in geology in 1906; he pursued graduate work in geology for an additional year. His primary professor there, whom he always admired and revered, was ...

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Leith, Charles Kenneth (20 January 1875–13 September 1956), geologist, teacher, and consultant, was born in Trempealeau, Wisconsin, the son of Charles Augustus Leith, a newspaper publisher and civil servant, and Martha Eleanor Gale, a schoolteacher. In 1883 the family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where he attended public school. During his senior year in high school Leith also attended the local business college and graduated from both in 1892....