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Wilfred Hudson Osgood

Wilfred Hudson Osgood was born in Rochester, New Hampshire on December 8, 1875, the oldest child of a family of watchmakers. In 1888, his family moved to California and Wilfred went to study in Santa Clara and San Jose. He founded and became the first president of the Cooper Ornithological Club of California. Wilfred spent one year teaching at a school in Arizona before moving to Stanford University to earn his AB degree. At only 22 years old, he then started working for the Bureau of Economic Ornithology and Mammalogy, of the United States Department of Agriculture. Wilfred was in charge of biological investigation in Canada. This group later became the Bureau of Biological Survey under Clinton Hart Merriam. In 1909 he moved to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where he was assistant curator of mammology and ornithology from 1909 to 1921, and curator of zoology from 1921 to 1940. He went on collection expeditions throughout North and South America. Wilfred also traveled with Louis Agassiz Fuertes to Ethiopia in the 1920s. Wilfred published The Mammals of Chile (1943) and co-wrote Artist and Naturalist in Ethiopia (1936).

During Wilfred's lifetime he became associated with many notable biological associations. He was a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and of the American Ornithologists' Union, secretary of the Biological Society of Washington (1900-09), a corresponding member of the London Zoological Society and the British Ornithologists' Union, a member (president 1924-26) of the American Society of Mammalogists, a member and trustee of the Chicago Zoological Society, an associate member of the Boone and Crocket Club, a member of the Geographic Society of Chicago, and a member of the biology division of the National Research Council from 1919 to 1920. Wilfred Hudson Osgood died on June 20, 1947. He never married or had children.

To learn more about Wilfred Hudson Osgood, please visit:
Sanborn, C. C. (1948). "Wilfred Hudson Osgood: 1875-1947". Journal of Mammalogy 29 (2): 95-112.
Schmidt, K. P. (1950). "Wilfred Hudson Osgood, 1875-1947". The Auk 67 (2): 183-189.

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