Gladwyn Kingsley Noble

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Gladwyn Kingsley Noble (September 20, 1894 – December 9, 1940) was an American zoologist who served as the head curator for the Department of Herpetology and the Department of Experimental Biology at the American Museum of Natural History. Noble received bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard University in 1917 and 1918, respectively, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1922. He joined the herpetology department in 1922 as a research assistant and assistant curator 1917 and became the chair of the department in 1924. He later formed the Department of Experimental Biology in 1928, and he served as the chair of both departments until his death in 1940 from Ludwig's angina.[1][2][3]

Gladwyn was married to Ruth Cosby. The couple had two sons, G. Kingsley Noble Jr. and Alan Noble. Ruth Crosby Noble died March 15, 1988, at the Allendale (N.J.) Nursing Home, where she lived. At the time of her death she was 91 years old. Ruth Noble wrote The Nature of the Beast, a book on animal behavior based on research by her husband. [4]

Parents[edit]

Gladwyn Kingsley 's father was Gilbert Clifford Noble, one of the founders of what would become Barnes & Noble bookstores and publishing house. Gilbert Clifford Noble joined the Arthur Hinds & Company firm in 1886 after graduating from Harvard College. In 1894 he was made a partner and the name of the company was changed to Hinds & Noble. In 1917, Gilbert bought out Hinds and entered into a partnership with William Barnes and the company was changed to Barnes & Noble. In 1930 Gilbert sold his share of the company to John Wilcox Barnes.

Gladwyn Kingsley's mother was Elizabeth Adams. She was a member of the first graduating class at Vassar College.

Children[edit]

Gladwyn Kingsley Noble (the second) is often confused with his famous father, the biologist. But the son was known in the field of anthropology. G. Kingsley Noble Jr. of Portola Valley, California died 20th July 1994 at the age of 70, of a heart attack. A native of New York, he earned his bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University in 1948 and received his doctorate in 1962 from Columbia University with the acceptance of his dissertation thesis, "Proto-Arawakan and its descendants." The thesis was subsequently published in book form in 1966. He was a faculty member in linguistics and anthropology at San Jose State University from 1963 to 1982. After his retirement, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. His photographs were often exhibited at the Gallery House in Palo Alto. He is survived by two sons, Jonathan and Craigan Noble. He authored several anthropological articles.

Publication[edit]

  • G. Kingsley Noble, Jr. (1974), Ethnology: The Bolivian Aymara. HANS C. BUECHLER and JUDITH-MARIA BUECHLER. American Anthropologist, 76: 148–149. doi: 10.1525/aa.1974.76.1.02a00760
  • G. Kingsley Noble, Jr. (1971), Man's Many Voices: Language in Its Cultural Context. ROBBINS BURLING. American Anthropologist, 73: 1378–1379. doi: 10.1525/aa.1971.73.6.02a00710
  • G. Kingsley Noble, Jr. Proto-Arawakan and its descendants, Bloomington : Indiana University, 1965. Series: International journal of American linguistics, v. 31, no. 3, pt. 2.; Publication of the Indiana University Research Center in Anthropology, Folklore, and Linguistics, 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ Necker, W.L. (1940). "Gladwyn Kingsley Noble (1894-1940): A Herpetological Biography". Herpetologica 2 (2). 
  2. ^ "More About the Department". American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Gregory, William K. (January 3, 1941). "Gladwyn Kingsley Noble: (September 20, 1894--December 9, 1940)". Science 93 (2401): 10–11. doi:10.1126/science.93.2401.10. 
  4. ^ New York Times, March 31, 1988