Ralph Stockman Tarr

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Ralph Stockman Tarr

Ralph Stockman Tarr, S.B. (January 15, 1864 – March 21, 1912) was an American geographer.

Biography[edit]

He was born at Gloucester, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard, where he graduated from the Lawrence Scientific School in 1891, and worked as an assistant in geology from 1890 to 1891.[1] Beginning in 1892, he served as assistant in geology at Cornell, where he became professor of dynamic geology and physical geography from 1897 until his death.[2]

He was Assistant United States Fish Commissioner 1882-3 while he was connected with the Smithsonian Institution, and Assistant Geologist for the Texas Geological Survey in 1888 and 1891.[2] He was in charge of the 1896 Cornell expedition to Greenland largely to study glaciology while being attached to the Peary expedition's goal to retrieve a large iron meteorite.[3][4]

Writings[edit]

Besides acting as associate editor of the Bulletin of the American Geographical Society and the Journal of Geography, he published:

  • Economic Geology of the United States (1893)
  • Economic Geology of the United States (1898)
  • Physical Geography of New York State (1902)
  • New Physical Geography (1903)
  • Geography of Science (1905), with C. A. McMurry

Two posthumous publications were published: College Physiography (1914) and Alaskan Glacier Studies (1914), with Lawrence Martin.

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