March 11th

1874 – Charles Gilmore Born

Charles Gilmore was born on this day in 1874 and although he’s not a household name, the dinosaurs he named and placed on display at the United States National Museum are recognizable to any dinosaur enthusiast.

Charles Gilmore
Gilmore with the caudal vertebrae of Diplodocus / Wikimedia Commons

Gilmore was hired by the Museum (now the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History) in 1903. His career lasted more than 40  years in Washington, D.C., and he led 16 fossil-collecting expeditions, discovering many new dinosaurs along the way, including Brachyceratops and Styracosaurus.

If you’ve visited the Smithsonian’s fossil halls, you’ve seen Gilmore’s work. The first Triceratops mounted anywhere–that’s Gilmore’s doing. The giant Diplodocus that dominated the hall since 1931–Gilmore again.

Gilmore also wrote 170 scholarly papers, proving that his influence in the scientific community was just as great as the inspiration he left for the public. You can read much more about Charles Gilmore and his work with the National Museum here.

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