1813 – Dana was born on the 12th of February in Utica, New York.
1833 – Graduated from Yale College under Benjamin Silliman the elder.
He was a teacher of mathematics to midshipmen in the Navy.
1836-1837 – Assistant to Professor Silliman in the chemical laboratory at Yale.
Acted as mineralogist and geologist of the United States Exploring Expedition.
1842 – He returned to America.
1849 – Dana’s sketch of Mount Shasta was engraved for publication in the American Journal of Science and Arts.
1844 – He again became a resident of New Haven, and married Henrietta Frances Silliman.
1850-1892 – Appointed as Silliman’s successor, as Silliman Professor of Natural History and Geology in Yale College
Chief editor, of the American Journal of Science and Arts.
1877 – Dana was awarded the Copley Medal by the Royal Society.
1874 – Wollaston Medal by the Geological Society of London.
1882 – Clarke Medal by the Royal Society of New South Wales.