James Dwight Dana Facts

James Dwight Dana Facts
James Dwight Dana (1813-1895) was an American geologist, mineralogist, volcanologist, and zoologist. He made pioneering studies of mountain-building, volcanic activity, and the origin and structure of continents and oceans around the world. The U.S. Navy sent him to the Mediterranean while he worked for them.
Interesting James Dwight Dana Facts:
James Dwight Dana was born in Utica, New York.
In 1830 he entered Yale College and after graduating in 1833 accepted a position teaching mathematics to midshipmen for the U.S. Navy.
In 1835 he wrote a paper on Mount Vesuvius.
From 1836 to 1837 he was an assistant in the chemical laboratory at Yale and from 1837 to 1841 he was a mineralogist and geologist for the United States Exploring Expedition in the northwest.
His 1841 article for the American Journal of Science and Arts described the rocks, minerals and geology of the Shasta region and his sketch of Mount Shasta was published.
From 1850 to 1892 he was the Silliman Professor of Natural History and Geology at Yale College.
In 1846 he became editor of the American Journal of Science and Arts and he was a major contributor of articles on geology.
His 1849 publication of the geology of Mount Shasta was made famous by the publicity surrounding the California Gold Rush and he received many requests for more information on his findings.
In 1880 and 1881 he led the first geological study of the volcanoes of Hawaii.
He theorized that there were two volcanic chains which he called the "Loa" and "Kea" and in 1884 he returned to Hawaii.
In 1890 he published a manuscript, Hawaiian Islands, detailing his findings that was to be the ultimate source of information on the island's volcanoes for decades.
in 1848 he wrote the Manual of Mineralogy which is now in its 23rd edition and remains the standard college textbook in mineralogy.
In 1877 Dana was awarded the Copley Medal by the Royal Society of London, the Wollaston Medal by the Geological Society of London in 1874 and the Clarke Medal by the Royal Society of New South Wales in 1882.


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