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McMurrich, James Playfair

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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McMurrich, James Playfair (16 October 1859–09 February 1939), biologist, was born in Toronto, Ontario (Canada), the son of John McMurrich and Janet Dickson. The family was prominent socially and politically; McMurrich’s father served in both the Legislative Council of Canada and the provincial legislative assembly, and his older brother William was mayor of Toronto. McMurrich studied science as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, where he was awarded a B.A. in 1879 and an M.A. two years later. In 1882 he interrupted his graduate career to teach biology at Ontario Agricultural College (now the University of Guelph), and in the same year he married Katie Moodie Vickers; they had two children. In 1884 he resumed his graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, which offered the leading graduate program in biology. Serving as an instructor in mammalian anatomy, McMurrich completed his Ph.D. work under ...

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Subjects: Biological Sciences

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