Dr. J. A. Cushman


DR. JOSEPH AUGUSTINE CUSHMAN, who died, at his home in Sharon Massachusetts, on April 16, was one of the leading, authorities on the Foraminifera. Born at Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in 1881, he was educated at Harvard University, where he obtained his doctorate of philosophy in 1909. During 1903-23 he was museum director of the Boston Society of Natural History. In 1923 he founded the now famous Cushman Laboratory for Foraminiferal Research, the first institute in the world devoted to the study of the Foraminifera. Dr. Cushman's drive and determination, and devotion to this natural order, were responsible for building up great collections of Foraminifera both fossil and recent from all over the world, consisting of more than 62,000 catalogued slides and an even greater number uncatalogued. Many type and figured specimens are incorporated, a great number of which have been described in the Laboratory's journal, Contributions from the Cushman Laboratory for Foraminiferal Research, which has been issued quarterly since 1925.


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OVEY, C. Dr. J. A. Cushman. Nature 163, 944 (1949). https://doi.org/10.1038/163944b0

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