Statue of Louis Agassiz

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Statue of Louis Agassiz
Louis Agassiz and Alexander von Humboldt statues at Jordan Hall, Stanford.jpg
Statues of Agassiz (left) and Alexander von Humboldt (right) on the exterior of Jordan Hall, 2019
MediumMarble sculpture
SubjectLouis Agassiz
LocationStanford, California, United States

A statue of Louis Agassiz is installed on the exterior of Jordan Hall, in Stanford University's Main Quad, in the U.S. state of California.[1][2]


After the 1906 San Francisco earth­quake toppled the statue from the façade of Stanford's zoology building, Stanford President David Starr Jordan wrote that "Somebody‍—‌Dr. Angell, perhaps‍—‌remarked that 'Agassiz was great in the abstract but not in the concrete.'"[3]

The marble statue of Agassiz fell from the second floor of the zoology building during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.[4][5] The New York Times' Rebecca Stott wrote, "The great scientist, with his head buried in concrete, his upturned body sticking up into air, became an iconic image of the earthquake."[6] The statue was not damaged.[7]


  1. ^ Joncas, Richard; Neuman, David J.; Turner, Paul Venable (2006). Stanford University. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 29. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Casper, Gerhard (February 25, 2014). The Winds of Freedom: Addressing Challenges to the University. Yale University Press. p. 28. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "Earthquake impacts on prestige". Stanford University and the 1906 earthquake. Stanford University. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  4. ^ The Stanford Quad, Volume 14. Associated Students of Stanford University. 1908. p. 24. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Irmscher, Christoph (February 5, 2013). Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science. HMH. p. 343. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  6. ^ Stott, Rebecca (January 31, 2013). "Under the Microscope". The New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Gardanier, Sutter (November 7, 1958). "David Starr Jordan, Biology Dept. Cited for Contribution to Ichthyology". The Stanford Daily. 134 (31). Retrieved October 7, 2018.