Alexander Grant Ruthven

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Alexander G. RuthvenAlexander Grant Ruthven_header_cell_0_0_0
7th President of the

University of MichiganAlexander Grant Ruthven_header_cell_0_1_0

Preceded byAlexander Grant Ruthven_header_cell_0_2_0 Clarence Cook LittleAlexander Grant Ruthven_cell_0_2_1
Succeeded byAlexander Grant Ruthven_header_cell_0_3_0 Harlan HatcherAlexander Grant Ruthven_cell_0_3_1
Personal detailsAlexander Grant Ruthven_header_cell_0_4_0
BornAlexander Grant Ruthven_header_cell_0_5_0 (1882-01-01)January 1, 1882

Hull, IowaAlexander Grant Ruthven_cell_0_5_1

DiedAlexander Grant Ruthven_header_cell_0_6_0 January 19, 1971(1971-01-19) (aged 89)Alexander Grant Ruthven_cell_0_6_1
Alma materAlexander Grant Ruthven_header_cell_0_7_0 Morningside College, University of MichiganAlexander Grant Ruthven_cell_0_7_1
ProfessionAlexander Grant Ruthven_header_cell_0_8_0 academic administrator, herpetologistAlexander Grant Ruthven_cell_0_8_1

Alexander Grant Ruthven (April 1, 1882 – January 19, 1971) was the President of the University of Michigan from 1929 to 1951. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_0

Biography Alexander Grant Ruthven_section_0

Alexander Grant Ruthven was born in 1882 in Hull, Iowa. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_1

He graduated from Morningside College in 1903. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_2

In 1906, he received a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Michigan. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_3

He worked as a professor, director of the University Museum, and Dean. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_4

He became the President in 1929. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_5

As such, he promoted a corporate administrative structure. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_6

He also approved of police raids against bootleggers at fraternities. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_7

He retired in 1951, and died in 1971. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_8

He is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery which is adjacent to the university. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_9

The work of Ruthven on the familiar garter snakes, published in 1908, may be regarded as founding an essentially new school of herpetology in the United States. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_10

This was a revision of a genus, carried out by the examination of large numbers of specimens, and evaluated largely in geographic terms. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_11

Ruthven attracted many students of reptiles to the University of Michigan, his most brilliant pupils being Frank N. Blanchard and Helen T. Gaige. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_12

Ruthven described and named 16 new species of reptiles, including three with Gaige. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_13

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Ruthven is commemorated in the scientific names of seven reptiles: Geophis ruthveni, Holbrookia maculata ruthveni, Lampropeltis ruthveni, Lepidoblepharis ruthveni, Macropholidus ruthveni, Masticophis schotti ruthveni, and Pituophis ruthveni. Alexander Grant Ruthven_sentence_14

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  • Miscellaneous Papers on the Zoology of Michigan, W.H. Crawford Co., 1916Alexander Grant Ruthven_item_0_0
  • A Naturalist in a University Museum, 1931Alexander Grant Ruthven_item_0_1
  • Laboratory Directions in Principles of Animal Biology, by Aaron Franklin Shull, George Roger Larue, Alexander Grant Ruthven, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc, 1942Alexander Grant Ruthven_item_0_2
  • Naturalist in Two Worlds. Random Recollections of a University President, 1963Alexander Grant Ruthven_item_0_3
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  • Description of a New Salamander from IowaAlexander Grant Ruthven_item_0_5
  • Variations and Genetic Relationships of the Garter-SnakesAlexander Grant Ruthven_item_0_6
  • The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Columbia, etc. With mapAlexander Grant Ruthven_item_0_7


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