Edward W. Berry

Edward Wilber Berry (February 10, 1875 – September 20, 1945) was an American paleontologist and botanist; the principal focus of his research was paleobotany.

Edward Wilber Berry
Born(1875-02-10)February 10, 1875
DiedSeptember 20, 1945(1945-09-20) (aged 70)
Alma materJohns Hopkins University
AwardsWalker Prize (1901)
Mary Clark Thompson Medal (1942)
Scientific career
InstitutionsJohns Hopkins University
Author abbrev. (botany)E.W. Berry
Sassafras hesperia, an Eocene species described by Berry

Early lifeEdit

Berry was born February 10, 1875, in Newark, New Jersey, and finished high school in 1890 at the age of 15.


Berry studied North and South American flora and published taxonomic studies with theoretical reconstructions of paleoecology and phytogeography. He started his scientific career as an amateur scientist, working with William Bullock Clark as a lab assistant in 1905.[1] At Johns Hopkins University he held various positions including teacher, research scientist, scientific editor, provost, and dean. Berry was appointed geologist with the U. S. Geological Survey in 1910 along with the post of assistant state geologist for Maryland in 1917, both positions he kept until retiring in 1942.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Reeside, J. B. (1945). "EDWARD WILBER BERRY February 10, 1875-September 20, 1945". Science. 102 (2655): 498–499. Bibcode:1945Sci...102..498R. doi:10.1126/science.102.2655.498. PMID 17750716.
  2. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  3. ^ "Mary Clark Thompson Medal". National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  4. ^ IPNI.  E.W. Berry.

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