Biographical data


Dana, James Dwight


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)


Born: 1813, Utica, N.Y., U.S.A.. Died: 1895, New Haven, Conn., U.S.A.



Was educated at Yale College; in 1833 he entered on a voyage of 15 months as instructor in mathematics of the U.S. Navy; on returning, Assistant in chemistry at Yale College; in 1838-42 Naturalist of the Wilkies U.S. Exploring Expedition (detailed data, liter., etc. cf. sub Wilkes); from 1842-44 at Washington, preparing his reports; subsequently Professor at New Haven, engaged in teaching and in original work. With forthcoming age his interests yielded more and more to geology, though he was an authority in mineralogy and several departments of zoology too.

Author of numerous scientific papers.



He may have made botanical collections during the Wilkes Expedition (see above) which visited the Philippines from Jan. 13-Febr. 12, 1842.


biographical data:

Bull. Geol. Soc. Amer. 7, 1896, p. 461-479, incl. bibliogr. + portr.