On the Origin of SpeciesCharles Darwin
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 4, 1927. I attended Lowell Grammar School, where I had an 8th grade course in historical geology in September 1939, taught by Miss Grace Gallagher. We learned the phyla of fossils and the systems of rocks. We collected fossils in the St. Louis Basin, and identified many species, ranging from Ordovician through Pennsylvanian. I became interested in the definition of a species. I read On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, and discovered that he did not know the true origin of species. I continued my interests in high school and college, coming to Oklahoma University in 1956 as an assistant professor of geology and geologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey.
From Books That Inspire 2002.