William Keith Emerson

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William Keith Emerson
Born (1925-05-01)May 1, 1925
San Diego
Died October 19, 2016(2016-10-19) (aged 91)
New York, NY
Nationality United States
Fields Malacology, Paleontology
Institutions American Museum of Natural History
Alma mater University of California (Berkeley)

William Keith Emerson (May 1, 1925 - October, 19 2016), usually known as Bill Emerson, was an American malacologist, a biologist who studied mollusks.[1] He was a Curator Emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City where he had been a curator since 1955. He was also Chairman of the Department of Living Invertebrates and head of the Malacology section for several decades.[2]

Taxa[edit]

Emerson has named and described numerous taxa of mollusks, including:

Books[edit]

Emerson has written numerous scientific publications and several popular shell books including:

  • The American Museum of Natural History Guide to Shells: Land, Freshwater, and Marine from Nova Scotia to Florida by William K. Emerson and Morris K. Jacobson, 1976, Alfred A. Knopf
  • Shells by William K. Emerson, Andreas Feininger, Hardcover, Thames and Hudson, ISBN 0-500-54008-X (0-500-54008-X)
  • Shells from Cape Cod to Cape May: With Special Reference to the New York City Area by Morris K. Jacobson, William K. Emerson, Softcover, Dover Pubns, ISBN 0-486-25419-4 (0-486-25419-4)
  • Wonders of Barnacles by William K. Emerson, Arnold Ross, Hardcover, Dodd, Mead, ISBN 0-396-06971-1 (0-396-06971-1)
  • Wonders of the World of Shells: Sea, Land, and Fresh-Water by Morris K. Jacobson, William K. Emerson, Hardcover, Dodd, Mead, ISBN 0-396-06326-8 (0-396-06326-8)

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Further reading[edit]

  • H. S. Gordon, 1960. Conchological Interviews – Part I. William K. Emerson at the American Museum of Natural History. New York Shell Club Notes 64: 4-6
  • W. K. Emerson, 1975. The malacological collection of the American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York. New York Shell Club Notes 208: 2
  • Anonymous, 1988. Honors to Dr. William K. Emerson. New York Shell Club Notes 306: 2
  • Anonymous, 2001. Retirement, Emerson style. New York Shell Club Notes 360: 4
  • Paula M. Mikkelsen1 & Neil H. Landman, In Memoriam: William K. Emerson (1925–2016); The Festivus, vol 49 (1), 2017