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American Museum of Natural History: New Director

Nature volume 135, pages 261262 (16 February 1935) | Download Citation



ACCORDING to Science of January 15, Dr. George H. Sherwood has resigned his post as director of the American Museum of Natural History to give his entire time to the School Service Section as curator-in-chief of education. Dr. Sherwood will remain honorary director of the museum. Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews will succeed Dr. Sherwood as the active head of the museum. As leader of the Central Asiatic Expeditions of the American Museum of Natural History, Dr. Andrews took his first expedition into the field in 1916 to work in the territory of Tibet, South-west China and Burma. His second expedition went into North China and Outer Mongolia in 1919, and the third expedition has worked in Central Asia, especially in Mongolia, since 1921, where it uncovered some of the richest fossil fields in the world. Dr. Andrews was awarded the Elisha Kent Kane Gold Medal of the Philadelphia Geographical Society, previously given to only eight explorers. Brown University and Beloit College have both conferred on him the degree of honorary doctor of science. He has been given the Hubbard Medal of the National Geographic Society in recognition of his discoveries in Asia. He is well known as a lecturer and author of popular books and articles on the results of his various expeditions, including a large volume covering his entire field work in Mongolia and China up to the present time entitled “The New Conquest of Central Asia”.

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