William Harding Longley

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William Harding Longley
Born 1881
Nova Scotia, Canada
Died 1937
Institutions Goucher College, Carnegie Institution of Science
Alma mater Acadia University
Yale University

William Harding Longley (1881–1937) was an American botanist.


Longley was born in 1881 in Nova Scotia. He attended Acadia and Yale. From 1911-1937, he spent as a professor of biology and botany, at Goucher College in Baltimore. His biggest work in science was a study of roles of color and pattern in the tropical reef fishes, which was done with the assistance of Dry Tortugas Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution in Washington, where he worked as a director from 1922-1937. He studied distribution and evolution of the species as well. He studied a lot of plants in places like Hawaii, Samoa, Tortugas, and the Pacific, and examining some in European and American museums. he died in 1937.[1]



William Harding Longley: First underwater color photograph

William Harding Longley Papers at Smithsonian Institution Archives