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Kofoid, Charles Atwood

Bryony Angell and Keith R. Benson

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Kofoid, Charles Atwood (11 October 1865–30 May 1947), zoologist, was born in Granville, Illinois, the son of Nelson Kofoid and Janette Blake, farmers. Kofoid entered Oberlin College in 1885, working his way through school by waiting on tables and chopping wood. His interest in natural history was inspired by an undergraduate professor, Albert Wright. Kofoid’s first experience in teaching came in his junior year, when he worked as an assistant in zoology. During this time he also became engaged to his classmate, Carrie Prudence Winter. He earned his B.A. in 1890 and continued as a teaching fellow at Oberlin for an additional year before moving on to Harvard to complete his education. He received his M.A. in 1892 and his Ph.D. in 1894, writing his dissertation on the cell lineage in the land slug ...

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