Sunday, February 12, 2012

This Day in History February 13, 1851

Again, I learned something.  On this date in 1851, George Brown Goode was born.  And you might be asking, "Why do I care?"  Well, he was an ichthyologist (he studied fish), a museum administrator, and a historian of science.  He was a native of New Albany, Indiana.

He was the Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries, and he ran a fish research program at the Smithsonian Museum.  He was very interested in researching the history of science in America--that is always nice, I think!  I like scientists who actually study their native country rather than going elsewhere and devoting themselves to another country's work.

I found it interesting that he was well-liked and respected, and no one had a harsh word for him.  It is said he was brilliant and had he not died in 1896 (way too young), it is inconceivable what he could have accomplished.  The Smithsonian greatly missed him.

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