Beck, Lewis Caleb

Beck, Lewis Caleb

(1798–1853) physician, scientist; born in Schenectady, N.Y. Licensed as a physician in 1818, he used his rural travels to collect natural observations. He taught scientific subjects at Rutgers (1830–31, 1838–53) and elsewhere, and wrote various works, including a Gazetteer of Illinois and Missouri (1823).
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