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George Langford, Sr. (1876–1964): Amateur paleobotanist and inventor

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Richard L. Leary
Richard L. Leary
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January 01, 1995

George Langford, Sr., best known for his association with the fossiliferous nodules of the Mazon Creek region of northern Illinois, was also an industrialist, engineer, inventor, archeologist, athlete, artist, and author. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, graduating with an engineering degree and working in steel mills. He rose up the corporate ladder to the top, becoming president of the McKenna Processing Company. He inherited his father’s and grandfather’s interest in science, wide-ranging curiosity, and many talents. Following a successful career in industry, George Langford, Sr., retired and began, at age 71, a second career as paleobotanist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He continued there until his death in 1964. His works, represented by the two-volume set of popular books on the Wilmington Coal Flora and Fauna, will keep his memory alive for decades to come.

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GSA Memoirs

Historical Perspective of Early Twentieth Century Carboniferous Paleobotany in North America

Paul C. Lyons
Paul C. Lyons
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Elsie Darrah Morey
Elsie Darrah Morey
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Robert H. Wagner
Robert H. Wagner
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Geological Society of America
Volume
185
ISBN print:
9780813711850
Publication date:
January 01, 1995

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