Herschel Clifford Parker

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Portrait of Herschel Clifford Parker

Herschel Clifford Parker (born Brooklyn, New York, 9 July 1867; died 1931[1]) was a United States physicist and mountaineer.


He graduated from the Columbia School of Mines in 1890, receiving a degree of Ph.B., and was connected with the faculty there in 1891-1911, filling the chair of physics for some time before his resignation. He wrote Systematic Treatise on Electrical Measurements (1897), and made many contributions to scientific periodicals,[2][3] he was a member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, the American Physical Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. He was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and president of the Vedanta Society of New York.[3]


Prospecting, surveying, and studying mineralogy and general physics, he made explorations and first ascents in the Canadian Alps in 1897, 1899 and 1903, he participated in first ascents of the mountains Goodsir and Dawson in British Columbia, and of Hungabee, Deltaform, Biddle and Lefroy in Alberta. He made explorations of the Denali (Mount McKinley) region in Alaska in 1906, 1910 and 1912, he nearly succeeded in reaching the summit of the highest peak of Denali in 1912.[1][2] In his 1912 attempt on Denali, he was accompanied by Belmore Browne.[1] On an earlier attempt, he was accompanied by Frederick Cook.[4]



  1. ^ a b c Donald J. Orth (1967). Dictionary of Alaska Place Names: Geological Survey Professional Paper 567. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office. p. 739.
  2. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainRines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Parker, Herschell Clifford" . Encyclopedia Americana.
  3. ^ a b John William Leonard; Albert Nelson Marquis (1901). "Parker, Herschel Clifford". Who's Who in America. p. 862.
  4. ^  Reynolds, Francis J., ed. (1921). "Parker, Herschel Clifford" . Collier's New Encyclopedia. New York: P.F. Collier & Son Company.