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Dana, James Dwight

Born: 1813 AD
Died: 1895 AD
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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.




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