March 4, 1792|
|Died||December 8, 1886
Lea was a partner of a large publishing house in Philadelphia. He devoted his leisure time to the collection and study of objects of natural history. He was especially interested in freshwater and land mollusks, and for 50 years he made contributions to the transactions of the scientific societies of Philadelphia concerning these animals.
On March 8, 1821, Isaac married Frances Anne Carey (1799–1873), daughter of Mathew Carey, the Philadelphia publisher. His son, Henry Charles Lea (September 19, 1825 - October 24, 1909) was an American historian, civic reformer, and political activist in Philadelphia.
His publications included:
- (1827-1874). Observations on the Genus Unio. 13 volumes.
- (1833). Contributions to Geology
- (1838). Synopsis of the Family of Naiades
- Lea I. (1838). "Description of New Freshwater and Land Shells". Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 6: 1–154.
- (1852). Fossil Footmarks in the Red Sandstones of Pottsville
Molluscan taxa named by Lea include:
- Euglandina vanuxemensis (Lea, 1834) - a carnivorous land snail
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
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- "Isaac Lea Papers, 1832-1876". SIA RU007065. Smithsonian Institution Archives. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
- Baltzell, E. Digby (1958). Philadelphia Gentlemen. Glencoe, Illinois: The Free Press. p. 149. "Lea's intellectual and scientific interests led him to the presidency of both the American Academy of Natural Sciences (1858-1863), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1860), and the vice-presidency of the American Philosophical Society."
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