Paleonet: Announcing: The Memoirs of Curt Teichert

Paula M. Mikkelsen pmm37 at
Fri Dec 5 21:42:24 GMT 2014

"Science is man-made ... you cannot fully understand current scientific concepts and theories until you know something of their history and of the men who developed them." - Curt Teichert

PRI is pleased to announce publication of A Paleontological Life: The Personal Memoirs of Curt Teichert, edited by Paula M. Mikkelsen, J. Thomas Dutro Jr., and Nancy Dutro (PRI Publications, December 2014, ISBN 978-0-87710-497-1, 784 pp, hardcover, $60.00 retail).

Curt Teichert (1905 - 1996) - paleontologist, stratigrapher, editor, mentor, scholar - was a major influence on 20th century Earth science through his research, professional service, and teaching. In these previously unpublished Memoirs, spanning more than 60 years, he relates dramatic accounts of his long and fascinating career, from Arctic fieldwork in the early 1930s, escaping Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, working in the American West and Australian outback, cooperating with Iranian, Pakistani, and Afghan colleagues in the days before terrorism, and the founding of international paleontological societies and the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology. Born in East Prussia, Teichert worked and lived in all corners of the Earth. In addition to becoming a world authority on fossil cephalopods, he published on topics from Gondwanan geology to fossil reefs, and described more than 280 new species, from plants to crinoids to ichthyosaurs. Through his own words, and those of others, his story is one of exploration, dedication, and love of A Paleontological Life. In addition to Teichert's Memoirs, the book includes guest chapters by Daniel F. Merriam and William P. Chaisson, 6 Appendices (his publications, his taxa, taxa named for him, his students, bibliographies and obituaries, positions and awards), plus numerous photos and excerpts from the Teichert Archives at PRI.

Copies of A Paleontological Life are available locally at the Museum of the Earth and selected bookstores. You can order from anywhere on our online bookstore<>, and at<> (please further support PRI and its programs by buying from Amazon Smile, and choosing PRI as your designated charity).

Please contact me for quantity, member, or bookseller discounts.

Paula M. Mikkelsen, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Science and Director of Publications
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University
Paleontological Research Institution
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