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Nathaniel (Southgate) Shaler

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Geologist and geographer, born in Newport, Kentucky, USA. He studied at Harvard (1862), served with the 5th Kentucky Battery in the Union army, then returned to assist Jean Louis Agassiz at Harvard, studying abroad afterwards. In 1868 he returned to Harvard for good, becoming an extremely popular professor, writing magazine articles and books, such as A First Book in Geology (1884). He headed the Atlantic Coast Division of the US Geological Survey (1884–1900) and revitalized Harvard's Lawrence Scientific School while dean (1891–1906). Books that reflect his interest in conservation and the environment are Aspects of the Earth (1889) and Man and Earth (1905).

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