Henry Augustus Ward

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Henry A. Ward
Ward in 1906 with the Santa Rosa meteorite
Born 1834
Died 1906
Resting place Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York
Occupation Geologist, Naturalist
Known for Ward's Natural Science

Henry Augustus Ward (1834–1906) was an American naturalist and geologist, born in Rochester, New York.

After attending Williams College and the Lawrence Scientific School, Harvard, where he was an assistant of Louis Agassiz, he traveled in Egypt, Arabia, and Palestine, and studied at the Jardin des Plantes, the Sorbonne, and the School of Mines in Paris, and at the universities of Munich and Freiberg. Subsequently, he traveled in West Africa and the West Indies, making natural history collections.

In 1860, he returned to Rochester where he was professor at the University of Rochester until 1865. In Rochester, he founded Ward's Natural Science, a pioneer enterprise of its kind, which collected specimens from all parts of the world, and then mounted and sold them to colleges and museums.

He published:

  • Notices of the Megatherium Cuvieri (1863)
  • Descriptions of the Most Celebrated Fossil Animals in the Royal Museums of Europe (1866)

In 1897, he married a widow, Lydia Avery Coonley, (1845–1924), president of the Chicago Woman's Club in 1895-96, who wrote Under the Pines, and other Verses (1895); Singing Verses for Children (1897); Love Songs (1898).[1][2]

He died on July 4, 1906, after being struck by an automobile in Buffalo, New York,[3] becoming Buffalo's first automobile related fatality. His ashes were interred in Mount Hope Cemetery in a niche in his granite monument. Subsequently the ashes were stolen. His monument is surmounted by a glacial erratic boulder which shows jasper inclusions. He found the boulder north of Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada[4] Ward's brain was contributed to the Wilder Brain Collection at Cornell University.


  1. ^ http://www.nyslittree.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Content.Display/Page/Home.cfm
  2. ^ "Avery Coonley Residence (1907 -S.135)". Wright Library. Retrieved 2017-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Noted Naturalist Killed by Auto". The Buffalo Commercial. 1906-07-05. p. 12. Retrieved 2017-11-30 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ Rockhounds - Ward's and Ward's Ashes Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine.

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