David White (geologist)

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(Charles) David White
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Born (1862-07-01)July 1, 1862
Palmyra, New York
Died February 7, 1935(1935-02-07) (aged 72)
Washington, D.C.
Citizenship American
Fields Geology, Paleobotany
Alma mater Cornell University
Known for Chief Geologist, USGS
Notable awards Thompson Medal (1931)
Charles Doolittle Walcott Medal (1934)
Author abbrev. (botany) C.D.White

Charles David White (July 1, 1862 – February 7, 1935), who normally went by the name David White, was an American geologist, born in Palmyra, New York.

He graduated from Cornell University in 1886, and in 1889 became a member of the United States Geological Survey. Eventually, he rose to be chief geologist.

In 1903 he became an associate curator of paleobotany at the Smithsonian Institution. He wrote numerous papers on geological and paleontological subjects.

The David White House, his home for 15 years, is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.[1]

He made one of the most comprehensive studies on the Glossopteris Flora, the main component of the fossil deposits of mineral coal in Brazil.[2]

David White won the Thompson Medal in 1931 and the Walcott Medal in 1934. He "himself considered that his structure-carbon ratio for the occurrence of oil and gas was his greatest scientific achievement."[3]



  1. ^ James Sheire (July 1975), National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: David White House (pdf), National Park Service 
  2. ^ White, D. (1908) Fossil Flora of the Coal Measures of Brazil, pp. 337-617 + 14 plates IN: White, I.C. (1908) "Commissão de Estudos das Minas de Carvão de Pedra do Brazil”, Final Report, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Part I, p. 1-300 ; Part II, p. 301-617 [Bilingual report, Portuguese & English]. (Facsimile edition: 1988)
  3. ^ "David White (1862-1935): paleobotanist and geologist". Geological Memoir 185. Geological Society of America. 1995. pp. 134–148. 
  4. ^ IPNI.  C.D.White.