William A. Oliver, Jr.
Bill received a B.S. in 1948, from the University of Illinois in
Champaign-Urbana. In 1950, he received a M.A., and in 1952, he received a Ph.D.
from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. From 1952-1957, he was an Instructor
then Assistant Professor at Brown University. Bill joined the USGS in 1957 and
retired in 1993. He has been a Scientist Emeritus from 1993 to the present time
and a Research Associate with the
Institution, since 1967. His research interests include the paleobiology
and distribution in time and space of Silurian and Devonian rugose corals.
Other Professional Activities
- Editor, Journal of Paleontology, 1964-1969.
- President, Association of Earth Science Editors, 1966-1968.
- President, Paleontological Society, 1974-1975.
- President, American Geological Institute, 1976-1977.
- President, International Association for the Study of Fossil Cnidaria,
- President, Paleontological Research Institution, 1984-1986.
- Secretary-General, International Palaeontological Association, 1984-1989.
- Chairman, Subcommission on Devonian Stratigraphy (of the International
Stratigraphic Commission), 1984-1989.
Honors and Awards
- 1969-1970 - National Science Foundation - National Academy of Science Award
for Study and Research in Europe.
- 1993 - Meritorious Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior.
- 1994 - Gilbert Harris Award, Paleontological Research Institution.
- Middle Devonian rugose corals from New York.
- Biogeography of Devonian corals.
U.S. Geological Survey Emeritus
National Museum of Natural History, Rm. E-305
Washington, DC 20560-0137