Orville Adalbert Derby

Geologist from United States of America

Orville Adalbert Derby (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɔɾviɫ ɐdzawˈbɛɾts ˈdɛɾbi], Kellogsville, New York, July 23, 1851, — Rio de Janeiro, November 27, 1915) was an American geologist who worked in Brazil. Derby studied geology at the Cornell University, obtaining his degree in 1873. While a student, he was invited in 1870 by his professor Charles Frederick Hartt (1840-1878) to follow him in a study travel to Brazil (the Morgan Expedition), and returning again with him in 1871, this time going to the Tapajós River in the Amazon. Just after his graduation, Derby accepted a post of assistant professor at Cornell and briefly substituted for Hartt during another travel to Brazil in 1874. In June of the same year, Derby got his doctoral degree with a dissertation on the Carboniferous brachiopoda in the Amazon. When Hartt organized the first Geological Commission of the Empire of Brazil, Derby was nominated its assistant and returned to Brazil in December 1875. In 1877, with the end of the Commission, Derby decided to stay in Brazil and accepted a post at the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro. He became also a member and director of the Geographic and Geological Commission of São Paulo from  ( Wikipedia article )


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United States of America
Scientist, Geologist


Institution From To
Cornell University


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