Charles Lewis Gazin

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Carl John Drake
Born 1904
Colorado, USA
Died 1995
Nationality American
Scientific career
Institutions California Institute of Technology
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
American Geological Institute
United States National Museum
Charles Lewis Gazin's field work and collecting in Wyoming, 1941.

Charles Lewis Gazin (1904—1995) was an American vertebrate paleontologist and paleobiologist.


Gazin was born in Colorado in 1904. He got an education at California Institute of Technology and earned bacheror's degree there in 1927. He got his master's degree in 1928 and a PhD in 1930, and during the same year he began working for the United States Geological Survey. He was named Assistant Curator in the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Smithsonian Institution in 1932. Ten years later, in 1942 he became Associate Curator and in 1946, a Curator of the Division. He was named Senior Paleobiologist in 1967, and when his retirement came in 1970, he got a Paleobiologist Emeritus position. Twelve years later in 1982 he became a Curator Emeritus. He wrote ninety-nine works on vertebrate paleontology, most of which were focused on mammalian paleontology. Gazin served as President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and was a Director of the American Geological Institute.[1]

Among his accomplishments, the Giant Ground Sloth of North America was discovered by Gazin, and has a specimen on display in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.


  1. ^ "Biography". Smithsonian Institution Archives. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 

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