Samuel Frederick Hildebrand

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Samuel Frederick Hildebrand (United States 1883–1949), American ichthyologist.


  • Born in Zoar, Indiana, on 15 August 1883.
  • 1908–1910: assistant to Seth Meek, ichthyologist at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago; studies at the University of Chicago.
  • 1910: A.B., Indiana State Normal School.
  • 1910–1914: scientific assistant, U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, Washington, D.C.
  • 1910–1911: Panama Canal Zone fish collecting expedition with Meek.
  • 1912: second Panama expedition, with Meek.
  • 1914–1918: director of the U.S. Fisheries Biological Station, Beaufort, NC.
  • 1916: publishes first volume of The Fishes of the Fresh Waters of Panama, with Meek posthumously listed as chief author (though Hildebrand wrote the entire work).
  • 1918: studies minnows-based control of mosquitoes in Augusta, GA .
  • 1918–1919: director, U.S. Fisheries Biological Station, Key West, FL.
  • 1919–1925: ichthyologist, Bureau of Fisheries, Washington, D.C.
  • 1920–1924: advisor and investigator, U.S. Public Health Service.
  • 1923: publishes The Marine Fishes of Panama, with Seth Meek.
  • 1924: Central American fish expedition with Fred J. Foster.
  • 1925–1931: director, U.S. Fisheries Biological Station, Beaufort, NC.
  • 1928: publishes Fishes of Chesapeake Bay, with William C. Schroeder.
  • 1930: publishes Cold-blooded Vertebrates: Part I. Fishes., with Charles W. Gilmore & Doris M. Cochran.
  • 1931–1949: senior ichthyologist, Bureau of Fisheries, Washington, D.C.
  • 1935: Panama collecting expedition.
  • 1937: Panama collecting expedition.
  • Longley, W.H. & Hildebrand, S.F. 1940. New genera and species of fishes from Tortugas, Florida. Papers Tortugas Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington 32: 223–285, Pl. 1. Reference page
  • 1946: publishes A Descriptive Catalog of the Shore Fishes of Peru.
  • Dies in Washington, D.C., on 16 March 1949.
  • 1949: posthumously receives Award for Distinguished Service from the U.S. Department of the Interior.


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