Arthur Edmund Seaman

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Arthur Edmund Seaman (December 29, 1858 – July 10, 1937)[1] was a professor at the Michigan College of Mines (now Michigan Technological University) and curator of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum which bears his name. He was born in Casnovia, Michigan, near Grand Rapids.[2]

In 1899, he was named head of the Department of Geology and Mineralogy at Michigan Tech.[2] In 1907, Seaman, along with A. C. Lane, divided the various "Lake Superior Sandstones" into the Jacobsville, Freda, and Munising.[3][4] In 1917, Seaman discovered the mineral seamanite which was named in his honor.[5][6] In 1928, after retiring from active teaching, he was named the curator of the museum.[7] In June 1932, the museum was renamed the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum.[1]

Seaman died at the age of 78 on July 10, 1937, in Columbus, Ohio, and was buried in Marquette, Michigan.[1] After his death, a bronze plaque was placed on the museum door to commemorate him.[7]

Arthur Seaman had two children: daughter Lucile Lamey[1] and son Wyllis A. Seaman, professor at the same university as his father and curator of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum from 1943 to 1948.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Proceedings of the Lake Superior Mining Institute - Vol XXX" (PDF). Lake Superior Mining Institute. September 14–15, 1939. pp. 39–40. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Arthur Edmund Seaman". AE Seaman Mineral Museum. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ Hamblin 1958, p. 6.
  4. ^ Lane, A.C.; Seaman, A.E. (1907). "Notes on the Geological Section of Michigan: Part I. The Pre-Ordovician". The Journal of Geology. University of Chicago Press. 15: 692. Bibcode:1907JG.....15..680L. doi:10.1086/621460. 
  5. ^ Kraus, E.H.; Seaman, W.A.; Slawson, C.B. (June 1930). "Seamanite, a new manganese phospho-borate from Iron County, Michigan" (PDF). American Mineralogist. Mineralogical Society of America. 15 (6): 220–225. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Seamanite" (PDF). Handbook of Mineralogy. Mineral Data Publishing. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "History". AE Seaman Mineral Museum. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Wyllis A. Seaman". A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum. Retrieved April 12, 2012.