John Van Denburgh

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John Van Denburgh
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Born (1872-08-23)August 23, 1872
San Francisco, California
Died October 24, 1924(1924-10-24) (aged 52)
Territory of Hawaii, United States
Residence United States
Fields Herpetology, medicine
Alma mater Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University
Author abbrev. (zoology) Van Denburgh

John Van Denburgh (August 23, 1872 – October 24, 1924) was an American herpetologist from California.

He was born in San Francisco and enrolled at Stanford University in 1891. As of 1895, he organized the herpetology department of the California Academy of Sciences. In 1897, he received a Ph.D. from Stanford University and earned a M.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1902. Subsequently, he practiced medicine in San Francisco, while again serving as curator of the herpetological collections of the California Academy of Sciences.

After the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 he was instrumental in rebuilding the lost herpetology collections through new expeditions and also acquisitions of other collections. In 1922, he published the two-volume The Reptiles of Western North America.

He died in 1924 while on vacation in Hawaii.


  • Evermann, Barton Warren (1925). "John Van Denburgh 1872-1924". Science. 61 (1585): 508–510. doi:10.1126/science.61.1585.508. JSTOR 1648932. 
  • Jennings, M. R. (1997). "John Van Denburgh (1872-1924), Pioneer Herpetologist of the American West". In Theodore W. Pietsch, William D. Anderson, Jr. Collection Building in Ichthyology and Herpetology. Special Publications. 6. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. pp. 323–350. ISBN 0-935868-91-7. 

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