David Humphreys Storer

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David Humphreys Storer
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Born(1804-03-26)March 26, 1804
DiedSeptember 10, 1891(1891-09-10) (aged 87)
Alma mater Harvard Medical School, 1825
Bowdoin College, 1822 [1]
Spouse(s)Abigail Jane Storer (nee Brewer)
Children Horatio Robinson Storer
Francis Humphreys Storer
Abby Matilda Storer
Mary Goddard Storer
Robert Woodbury Storer
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David Humphreys Storer (March 26, 1804—September 10, 1891) was an American physician and naturalist. He served as dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School from 1855-1864, [2] and published on the reptiles and fishes of New England. [1]

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The colubrid snake genus Storeria is named in his honor. [3]

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<i>Storeria</i> genus of reptiles

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  1. 1 2 Scudder, Samuel H. (1891). "David Humphreys Storer". Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 27: 388–391. JSTOR   20020490.
  2. "Past Deans of the Faculty of Medicine". Harvard Medical School. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  3. Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN   978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Storer", p. 255).
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