Harry Gisborne

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Harry Thomas Gisborne
Born (1893-09-11)September 11, 1893
Montpelier, Vermont
Died November 9, 1949(1949-11-09) (aged 56)
Mann Gulch, Montana
Nationality United States
Fields Forestry
Institutions United States Forest Service
Alma mater University of Michigan
Known for Wildfire research

Harry Thomas Gisborne (September 11, 1893 – November 9, 1949) was an American forester who pioneered the scientific study of wildfires.

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Gisborne was born in Montpelier, Vermont. After graduating with a forestry degree from the University of Michigan. After four years in the U.S. Forest Service he was assigned to head the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana.[1] Many of his studies were conducted at the Priest River Experimental Forest, just outside Priest River, Idaho. During his tenure there he developed new instruments and methods to study the start and spread of wildfires. He was the first recipient from his area to receive the USDA Superior Service Award.[1] Gisborne died of a heart attack on November 9, 1949 while investigating the site of the Mann Gulch Fire.

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