COPE, Edward Drinker, 1840-1897

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Edward Drinker Cope
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Gender: M
Birth date: 28 July 1840
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pa.
Death date: 12 April 1897
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Nationality: US
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Spouse(s): Annie Pim
Children: Julia (b. 1866)

Edward Drinker Cope (July 28, 1840 - April 12, 1897), zoologist and paleontologist, was a Professor at Haverford College, curator of the National Museum in Washinton, D.C., and Professor of Geology at the University of Pennsylvania.


Edward Drinker Cope was born in Philadelphia, the son of Alfred and Hannah Edge Cope. He attended Westtown School in 1853 and in 1859 the University of Pennsylvania. In Washington, D.C., Cope studied at the Smithsonian Institution. In 1865, Edward Drinker Cope married Annie Pim. The two had one daighter, Julia.

From 1864 to 1867, and again from 1871 to 1878, Cope was a Professor at Haverford College. He resigned on account of ill health. By 1884, Cope became curator of National Museum in Washington, D.C. In 1891, Cope was a Professor of Geology at the University of Pennsylvania. His work was criticized as sometimes superficial, yet of astonishing amount. He published papers having 600 separate titles.

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