Henry Fairfield Osborn
paleontologist, and university professor.
- Best known
for his work at the American Museum of Natural History, 1891 -
1933. He was the first curator of the museum's Department
of Vertebrate Paleontology, and later served for many years as
the museum's president. He collected many fossils, and identified
and named many kinds of dinosaurs. In 1918, he was one of the co-founders
of the Save-the-Redwoods League.
- Muir met Osborn
at his Hudson River estate Castle rock during his 1893 visit to
the East Coast when his editor and friend, Robert Underwood Johnson,
introduced Muir to numerous luminaries of the day in New York. Thus
began many years of friendship and correspondence with Osborn and
his wife and children. In 1896, Muir and Osbornnvisited Alaska
together (Muir's fifth trip to Alaska). Osborn wrote several anecdotes
about John Muir in his Field
Notebook kept on the trip.
- During Muir's 1898 East coast trip studying forests, he stayed for
several days at Osborn's summer house "Wing-and-Wing," part of the
Castle Rock property at Garrison-on-Hudson. Muir wrote in a letter
home to his daughter Helen: "What a charming home it is, in the hushed,
tranquil woods, though so near huge Babylon New York. I have the 'blue
room'... and it has the daintiest linen and embroidery I ever saw.
The bed is so soft and fine I like to lie awake to enjoy it, instead
of sleeping. A servant brings in a cup of coffee before I rise. This
morning, a red squirrel looked in the window at me from a branch of
a big tulip tree, and seemed to be saying, "Oh, John Muir, camping,
tramping tree-climbing scrambler! Churr, 'Chur! Why have you left us?
Chip Churr, who would have thought it?'"
- In 1910, Muir took the Osborn family on a trip to Yosemite. In July
of 1911, Muir spent time at Osborn's summer house "Wing-andWing" in
Garrison, New York, working on editing the final proofs for The
- Osborn's son, (Henry) Fairfield Osborn, Jr., (1887-1969) became a
leading conservationist and author of one of the earliest globally
focused review of environmental concerns, Our Plundered Planet in
1948. He was an active board member and president for the New York
Zoological Society and co-founder and firsts president of the Conservation
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