Harry C. Oberholser

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Harry Church Oberholser
Born (1870-06-25)June 25, 1870
Brooklyn, New York
Died December 25, 1963(1963-12-25) (aged 93)
Nationality American
Fields Ornithology
Institutions United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Alma mater Columbia University
George Washington University

Harry Church Oberholser (June 25, 1870 – December 25, 1963) was an American ornithologist.


Harry Oberholser was born on June 25, 1870, in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Columbia University, and was awarded degrees from the George Washington University in 1914. He married Mary Forrest Smith on June 30, 1914. Oberholser received the Ph.D. in 1916. From 1895 to 1941, he was employed by the United States Bureau of Biological Survey (later the United States Fish and Wildlife Service) as an ornithologist, biologist, and editor. In 1941 he became curator of ornithology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Oberholser was the author of a number of books and articles. He died on December 25, 1963.[1]


Empidonax oberholseri (dusky flycatcher) was named in his honor. Some of Oberholser's papers are held by the Barker Texas History Center.[1]



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