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Out of the Midwest

Michael J Lannoo

in Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264786
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946064 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520264786.003.0002
Out of the Midwest

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Aldo Leopold and Edward F. Ricketts shared a midwestern upbringing. Rand Aldo Leopold was born on January 11, 1887, in Burlington, Iowa, to first cousins Carl and Clara Leopold. Aldo was the eldest of four Leopold children. Edward Flanders Robb Ricketts was born on May 14, 1897, in Chicago, Illinois, to Abbott and Alice Ricketts. Ed was the eldest of the three Ricketts children. Both Leopold and Ricketts showed early the promise of the men they would become. Leopold showed interest in the natural world at an early age, while Ricketts, at the age of six, was given some natural history curios and an old zoology textbook by his uncle. In September 1905, Leopold began his studies at Yale University, while Ricketts enrolled at Illinois State Normal University in 1915. In March 1919, Ricketts enrolled at the University of Chicago, where he concentrated on biology courses. When Leopold graduated from Yale, he went to work for Gifford Pinchot in the U.S. Forest Service.

Keywords: Aldo Leopold; Edward F. Ricketts; natural history; Yale University; University of Chicago; Gifford Pinchot; Illinois State Normal University; U.S. Forest Service

Chapter.  1928 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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