Robert Ridgway

1850 (Mount Carmel, Ill.) – 1929 (Olney, Ill.)

Aged only sixteen, Ridgway went as naturalist on expedition with King. He also accompanied Muir and Curtis (among others) on a well-funded exploration of the Alaskan coast. Baird invited him to be the Smithsonian’s curator of ornithology, and he collaborated with Baird and Bremer on a monumental study of North American birds.