Bryan Patterson, American Paleontologist

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Bryan Patterson (March 10, 1909 - December 1, 1979 in Chicago) was an American paleontologist. He was born in London, but moved to Chicago in 1926 where he took a position as vertebrate preparator at the Field Museum of Natural History. He rose rapidly in rank, and by 1937 became curator of paleontology. He became an American citizen in 1938, served with the US Army 1st Infantry Division during World War II and was taken prisoner by the Germans. In 1942 he was promoted to curator of mammals, a position he held until 1955 when he left the Field Museum to become the Agassiz Professor of Vertebrate Paleontology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. In 1947 he was appointed lecturer in geology at the University of Chicago, in parallel to his work at the Museum. As a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships he spent the years of 1952-1954 in Argentina studying the great collections amassed by the Ameghino brothers. In 1970 he was contracted by the Government of Guatemala to collect remains of extinct mammals at Estanzuela near Guatemala City. He died in 1979 at the age of 70.