Paleonet: PS Presidents prior to David Raup

Roy Plotnick plotnick at uic.edu
Thu Jul 16 15:35:38 GMT 2015


On 7/16/2015 10:11 AM, Roger D. K. Thomas wrote:

Good question.  Here is the statement from Raup's Presidential Address, 
published in 1978 in JP (opening sentence!) :
"I  feel in a somewhat strange position today as the first president of 
The Society who has never described a species."

I don't know if he was ever challenged on that statement.

An anecdote: Bernie Kummel was Raup's advisor and visited U. Rochester 
to give a talk. At the beginning of the talk, he called Dave forward and 
handed him a fossil, with instructions to have it identified bythe end 
of the presentation.
- Roy


> Dear Colleagues,
>
>      The NY Times obituary is very fine.  But, is that highlighted 
> statement true?  Has either Jim Valentine or Alan Shaw ever described 
> a new species?  I have not probed further back than that.  The point 
> made by this claim appropriately characterizes the nature of Dave's 
> contributions, but is it strictly accurate?
>
>      Kind regards,   Roger
>
> On Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 10:15 AM, Roy Plotnick <plotnick at uic.edu 
> <mailto:plotnick at uic.edu>> wrote:
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>     On 7/16/2015 7:51 AM, Alan Kabat wrote:
>>     http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/16/us/david-m-raup-who-transformed-field-of-paleontology-dies-at-82.html?_r=0
>>     Today's /New York Times/ (July 16) has a lengthy obituary of
>>     David Raup, which humorously notes that:  "He never dug up a
>>     dinosaur and was the first president of the Paleontological
>>     Society ... never to have formally described a new species in the
>>     scientific literature."  The obituary does a fine job of
>>     summarizing his numerous contributions to paleontology.
>>     Alan Kabat
>>
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>     The never having described a fossil was part of his Presidential
>     Address.
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