Tarr, Ralph

Tarr, Ralph (Stockman)

(1864–1912) geologist, geographer; born in Gloucester, Mass. He studied geology and physiography at Harvard under Nathaniel Shaler and William Davis, graduating in 1891. He taught at Cornell (1892–1912), publishing textbooks like Elementary Physical Geography (1895). He organized the Cornell Greenland Expedition that traveled with Peary (1896) and led the National Geographic Society's expeditions to Alaska (1909, 1911), later writing Alaskan Glacier Studies (1912).
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