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A Compendium of Seashells R. Tucker Abbott

A Compendium of Seashells

R. Tucker Abbott

Published January 26th 1983
ISBN : 9780525932697
Hardcover
400 pages
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Robert Tucker Abbott was an American conchologist and malacologist. He was the author of more than 30 books on malacology, which were translated into many languages.Abbott was one of the most prominent conchologists of the 20th century. He brought conchology to the public with his works, including most notably: American Seashells, 1974, Seashells of the World, 1962, and The Kingdom of the Seashell, 1972. He was an active member of the American Malacological Union and Conchologists of America.During World War II, Abbott was first a Navy bomber pilot, and later worked for the Medical Research Unit doing research on schistosomiasis. He documented the life cycle of the schistosome in the Oncomelania, a small brown freshwater snail, which he studied in the rice fields of the Yangtze valley.He married Mary M. Sisler on February 18, 1946. She was also a malacologist.After World War II, Abbott worked at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (1944–1954) as Assistant Curator and Associate Curator of the Department of Mollusks. During this time, he earned his Masters and Ph.D. at George Washington University and wrote the first edition of American Seashells.He then went to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia (1954–1969). He was chair of the Department of Mollusks, and held the Pilsbry Chair of Malacology. During that time he went on a number of shelling expeditions to the Indo-Pacific region. He also started his own journal, Indo-Pacific Mollusca. He also was an active editor on The NautilusIn 1969, Abbott accepted the DuPont Chair of Malacology at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. He also headed the Department of Mollusks, and was Assistant Director. In 1971 he became editor-in-chief of The Nautilus.Abbott was the Founding Director of The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island. He died from pulmonary disease in 1995, two weeks before the museum opened. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Tucke...