Robert Harding Whittaker papers, [ca. 1940-1984]
Robert Harding Whittaker, 1920-
22 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Research data, course notebooks, manuscripts, and correspondence.
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Collection includes research data, course notebooks, manuscripts, and letters of Dr. Robert H. Whittaker, an ecologist who
taught at Cornell University and elsewhere.
Collection material in English
Robert H. Whittaker received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Washburn Municipal University in Topeka, Kansas in
1942, served in the Army Air Force as a weather observer and forecaster in England until 1946, and received a Ph.D. in zoology
from the University of Illinois in 1948. In 1948, he was appointed as an instructor in the Dept. of Zoology at Washington
State College in Pullman. He worked for the Aquatic Biology Unit at the Hanford Laboratories of the General Electric Company,
taught at Brooklyn College and at the University of California at Irvine, and at Cornell University. He spent two years at
Brookhaven National Laboratory, served as American editor of the journal
Vegetatio; was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and served as vice president
of the Ecological Society of America and president of the American Society of Naturalists. Robert H. Whittaker died on October
Collection includes research data, course notebooks, manuscripts, and letters of Dr. Robert H. Whittaker. Projects documented
include field work on the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon and California; an effort to obtain measurements of the biomass and
productivity of the forest communities along an elevation gradient in the Great Smokey Mountains; with William Niering, a
gradient analysis and productivity study of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Arizona; a study with George M. Woodwell at the
Brookhaven National Laboratory about the Brookhaven and Hubbard Brook oak-pine forest; and on California vegetation in the
San Jacinto Mountains. In 1968, Whittaker accepted a position as Professor of Biology in the Dept. of Ecology and Systematics
at Cornell University. While at Cornell, his projects included a study of production, nutrient circulation, and ordination
of the vegetable
gradient from the pygmy forest through the Bishop pine forest to the redwoods in Mendocino County, Calif., with Walter
Westman; continued work on primary production for the Hubbard Brook forest and the Santa Catalina Mountains; and work on species
diversity in Nylsvely, South Africa.
Whittaker, Robert Harding, 1920-
Niering, William A.
Olsvig, Linda Susan, 1953-
Westman, Walter E., 1945-
Woodwell, G. M.
Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Cornell University. Dept. of Ecology and Systematics.
Ecology--Study and teaching.
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