THE AMERICAN DEAN OF MINERALOGY HANDWRITES HIS THOUGHTS ON THE “MARVELOUS PROGRESS MADE BY SCIENCE”
EDWARD SALISBURY DANA (1849-1935) SIGNED QUOTE, “Edward S. Dana”, on a card 4.25 x 3.5, New Haven, March 16, 1926, by the American mineralogist and physicist who made important contributions to the study of minerals, especially in the field of crystallography (the experimental science of determining the arrangement of atoms in crystalline solids). He graduated from Yale in 1870 and at Yale in 1879 became an assistant professor of natural philosophy and astronomy and later professor of physics. His research and publishing was mainly in the field of mineralogy. He was the editor of the American Journal of Science (1875-1926). His two most important publications were his Textbook of Mineralogy (1877) and his monumental 6th edition of his father’s System of Mineralogy (1892). His handwritten quote, in full: “To the writer, the outstanding events of the years since he was graduated from Yale in 1870, are the marvelous progress made by science, first in its relation to human life on the material side, and also intellectually through the adoption and appreciation of the principles of evolution.” The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.