Glover Morrill Allen

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Glover Morrill Allen (February 8, 1879 – February 14, 1942) was an American zoologist.[1]

He was born at Walpole, New Hampshire, the son of Reverend Nathaniel Glover Allen and Harriet Ann (Schouler) Allen, and studied at Harvard University. While still a student, Allen published The Birds of Massachusetts and A List of the Birds of New Hampshire.[1] After graduating, he lectured in zoology at Harvard and held the position of Curator of Mammals in the Museum of Comparative Zoology.

He traveled widely, to Central and South America, to West Africa, the Nile, the Belgian Congo as a member of the eight-man Harvard Medical African Expedition (1926-1927),[2] and Australia as a member of the six-man Harvard Australian Expedition (1931–1932) along with his student Ralph Nicholson Ellis.[3]

His publications include Bats: Biology, Behavior and Folklore; Checklist of African Mammals; and Mammals of China and Mongolia. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1915.[4] He was the president of the American Society of Mammalogists from 1927 to 1929.[5]


Glover Morrill Allen is commemorated in the scientific names of a species and a subspecies of lizards: Adolfus alleni and Bachia heteropa alleni.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Winsor Marrett Tyler (1943). "In Memoriam: Glover Morrill Allen". The Auk. 60 (2): 163–168. doi:10.2307/4079641.
  2. ^ Strong, et al. The African Republic of Liberia and the Belgian Congo : Based on the Observations Made and Material Collected during the Harvard African Expedition, 1926-1927. Harvard University Press, 1930.
  3. ^ Ralph Ellis archives, 1898-1972 -
  4. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  5. ^ Biographies of ASM Presidents, American Society of Mammalogists
  6. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Allen, G.M.", p. 5).

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