Victor Blanchard Scheffer
(born November 27
) is a prominent American
mammologist and the author of eleven books relating to naturalism. He was born in Manhattan, Kansas
and moved to Washington
state at a young age.
Early years and education
Scheffer received his bachelor of science in 1930, his master of science in 1932, and his doctorate in zoology in 1936 at the University of Washington
. In 1937, he began his tenure as a biologist for the United States Bureau of Biological Survey, and remained there for three years. From 1940 to 1956, Scheffer worked for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Scheffer's first book, Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses, was published in 1959, shortly after he joined the United States Bureau of Fisheries
. While at the Bureau of Fisheries, Scheffer became a lecturer for the Ecology
Department at the University of Washington from 1966 to 1972 and was named chairman of the initial United States Marine Mammal Commission
In November 2006 Scheffer celebrated his 100th birthday and, to date, has written eleven books, many of which are highly regarded by zoologists. Scheffer's father Theophilus (also a biologist) lived be nearly 100 years old, dying in 1966 at age 99.
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