William Berryman Scott

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William Berryman Scott
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William Berryman Scott, second from the right
Born (1859-02-12)12 February 1859
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died 29 March 1947(1947-03-29) (aged 88)
Nationality United States
Fields Palaeontology
Institutions Princeton University
Alma mater Princeton University (1877)
University of Heidelberg (1880)
Notable students Elmer S. Riggs, James W. Gidley, Loris Shano Russell, Glenn Lowell Jepsen
Known for White River Oligocene monographs
Notable awards Wollaston Medal (1910)
Mary Clark Thompson Medal(1930)
Penrose Medal (1939)
Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal(1940)
The William Berryman Scott House (1888), designed by A. Page Brown, at 56 Bayard Lane, Princeton, New Jersey in the Princeton Historic District

William Berryman Scott (February 12, 1858 – March 29, 1947) was an American vertebrate paleontologist, authority on mammals, and principal author of the White River Oligocene monographs. He was a professor of geology and paleontology at Princeton University.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he graduated from Princeton University in 1877 and received a Ph.D. from University of Heidelberg in 1880. He married Alice Adeline Post on December 15, 1883. Scott served as president of The Geological Society of America in 1925.[1]



  • Scott, William Berryman. "American Elephant Myths," Scribner's, April 1887, 469-478.
  • Reports of the Princeton University Expeditions to Patagonia, 1896-1899 Princeton, The University, 1901-32 (v. 1, 1903) 8 v. in 13. illus. (part col.) maps (part fold., part col.) tables. 34 cm.
  • Scott, William Berryman. Geological climates, by W.B. Scott.
  • Scott, William Berryman. A history of land mammals in the western hemisphere. Illustrated with 32 plates and more than 100 drawings, by Bruce Horsfall. New York, The MacMillan Company, 1913.
  • Scott, William Berryman. Some memories of a palaeontologist. Princeton, Princeton university press, 1939. 4 p.l., 336 p. front. (port.) 24 cm.
  • Scott, William Berryman, 1858- The osteology and relations of Protoceras. Boston, Ginn & company, 1895. 1 p.l., [303]-374. 3 pl. (2 fold.) diagr. 26 cm.


  1. ^ GSA List of Presidents
  2. ^ "Wollaston Medal". The Geological Society. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mary Clark Thompson Medal". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Past Award & Medal Recipients - Penrose Medalists". Geological Society of America. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 

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