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Akeley, Carl Ethan (19 May 1864–17 November 1926), taxidermist, naturalist, and inventor, was born near Clarendon, New York, the son of Daniel Webster Akeley and Julia Glidden, farmers. In his early teens he taught himself taxidermy. After two years at the State Normal School in Brockport, New York, he began work at the age of nineteen for Ward’s Natural Science Establishment in Rochester, a company that prepared laboratory and museum specimens. One of Akeley’s jobs was to skin and mount for exhibition ...

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Burden, Chris (11 Apr. 1946–10 May 2015), sculptor and pioneer of body and endurance art, was born Christopher Lee Burden in Boston, Massachusetts. His father, Robert P. Burden, was an engineer, and his mother, Rhoda Lee Davis Burden, was a biologist, aspiring artist, and an art restorer for the Fogg Museum. Burden was the oldest of three children....