John Van Denburgh
|John Van Denburgh|
August 23, 1872|
San Francisco, California
|Died||October 24, 1924
Territory of Hawaii, United States
|Alma mater||Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University|
|Author abbrev. (zoology)||Van Denburgh|
Van Denburgh 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.
Taxa named in honor of Van Denburgh
Van Denburgh is commemorated in the scientific names of one species and three subspecies of reptiles: Aspodoscelis tigris vandenburghi, Diadophis punctatus vandenburgii, Sceloporus graciosus vandenburgianus, and Scincella vandenburghi.
- Evermann, Barton Warren (1925). "John Van Denburgh 1872-1924". Science. 61 (1585): 508–510. doi:10.1126/science.61.1585.508. JSTOR 1648932. PMID 17795423.
- Works by or about John Van Denburgh at Internet Archive.
- Jennings, M.R. (1997). "John Van Denburgh (1872-1924), Pioneer Herpetologist of the American West". In Pietsch, Theodore W.; Anderson, William D., 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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