Hobart Muir Smith

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For the American musician, see Hobart Smith. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_0

Hobart Muir Smith, born Frederick William Stouffer (September 26, 1912 – March 4, 2013), was an American herpetologist. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_1

He is credited with describing more than 100 new species of American reptiles and amphibians. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_2

In addition, he has been honored by having at least six species named after him, including the southwestern blackhead snake (Tantilla hobartsmithi), Smith's earth snake (Uropeltis grandis), Smith's arboreal alligator lizard (Abronia smithi), Hobart's anadia (Anadia hobarti), Hobart Smith's anole (Anolis hobartsmithi), and Smith's rose-bellied lizard (Sceloporus smithi). Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_3

At 100 years of age, Smith continued to be an active and productive herpetologist. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_4

Having published more than 1,600 manuscripts, he surpassed all contemporaries and remains the most published herpetologist of all time. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_5

Early life and education Hobart Muir Smith_section_0

Smith was born in Stanwood, Iowa on September 26, 1912. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_6

Smith attained his bachelor of science in 1932 from Kansas State University, under Howard K. Gloyd, and attained his masters (in 1933) and doctorate (in 1936) at the University of Kansas under Dr. Edward Harrison Taylor, where his thesis was a revision of the lizard genus Sceloporus. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_7

He also participated in several specimen collecting trips to Mexico. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_8

Career Hobart Muir Smith_section_1

In 1936 Smith was awarded a National Research Council Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he worked with several other researchers to write and publish The Mexican and Central American Lizards of the Genus Sceloporus. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_9

In 1937 he worked for both the Chicago Academy of Sciences and the Field Museum of Natural History. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_10

He was given a fellowship by the Smithsonian Institution to collect specimens in Mexico, and collected over 20,000. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_11

From 1941 until 1945 he was a zoology professor at the University of Rochester, in New York. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_12

In 1945 he returned to the University of Kansas as an associate professor and wrote the Handbook of Lizards, Lizards of the US and of Canada. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_13

In 1946 he moved to Texas and became an associate professor of wildlife management at Texas A&M University and wrote Checklist and key to snakes of Mexico and Checklist and key to amphibians of Mexico with Taylor. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_14

From 1947 until 1968 he was a professor of zoology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_15

He retired in 1968 and moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he became a professor of biology at the University of Colorado. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_16

In 1972 he became chairman of, what is now, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_17

In 1983 he retired, becoming a professor emeritus and continued his personal research with over 1,600 publications, including 29 books. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_18

Personal life Hobart Muir Smith_section_2

Born Frederick William Stouffer in 1912, he was adopted in 1916 by Charles and Frances Smith, farmers. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_19

In 1938 he married Rozella Pearl Beverly Blood (who became Rozella Pearl Beverly Blood Smith, 1911–1987), who helped him publish his extensive collection of herpetological notes. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_20

In 1942 he named a species of lizard in honor of her, Celestus rozellae. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_21

A subspecies of snake, Tantillita lintoni rozellae, is also named in honor of her. Hobart Muir Smith_sentence_22

Selected bibliography Hobart Muir Smith_section_3

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  • Checklist and key to snakes of Mexico (1945)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_0
  • Handbook of Lizards, Lizards of the US and of Canada (1946, )Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_1
  • Checklist and key to amphibians of Mexico (1948)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_2
  • Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of Kansas (1950)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_3
  • Checklist and Key to Reptiles of Mexico Exclusive of Snakes (1950)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_4
  • Reptiles and Amphibians: A Guide to Familiar American Species with Herbert S. Zim (1953, 1956)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_5
  • Reptiles and Amphibians - A Guide to Familiar American Species (1958)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_6
  • Poisonous Amphibians and Reptiles (1959)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_7
  • Evolution of Chordate Structure (1961)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_8
  • Snakes as Pets (1965)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_9
  • Analysis of the Literature on the Mexican Axolotl (1971)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_10
  • Analysis of the Literature Exclusive of the Mexican Axolotl (1973)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_11
  • Source Analysis and Index for Mexican Reptiles (1976)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_12
  • Source Analysis and Index for Mexican Amphibians (1976)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_13
  • Guide to Mexican Amphisbaenians and Crocodilians (1977)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_14
  • Guide to Mexican Turtles (1980)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_15
  • Reptiles of North America - A Guide to Field Identification with Edmund D. Brodie, Jr. (1982)Hobart Muir Smith_item_0_16


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