Josiah Dwight Whitney, Professor of Geology in the University since 1875, died at New London, N. H., August 19.
Professor Whitney was born in Northampton, Mass., in 1819. He graduated from Yale in 1839, and from 1840 to 1842 was assistant geologist to the New Hampshire survey. The next five years he spent in Europe in study.
Between 1847 and 1875 when he was appointed Professor of Geology in this University, Professor Whitney made important surveys in the Lake Superior and Mississippi mining regions and in Iowa and California. Mt. Whitney, the loftiest peak in the United States was named in his honor.
Professor Whitney was one of the original members of the National Academy of Science, and was a contributor to various scientific publications. He wrote also a number of geological reports and scientific books.