Wesley Newcomb

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Wesley Newcomb
Wesley Newcomb
Born 1818
New York City
Died (1892-01-26)January 26, 1892 (aged 84)[1]
Ithaca, New York
Nationality USA
Scientific career
Fields malacology
Wesley Newcomb

Wesley Newcomb (1818–1892) was an American physician and a malacologist who specialized in land snails.


Wesley Newcomb was born in New York in 1818. His father was physician Simon Newcomb.[1] He studied medicine at the Jefferson Medical College (now Thomas Jefferson University) and Castleton Medical College in Vermont. He traveled to San Francisco in 1849, and Honolulu, Hawaii in 1850. He went into practice with Dr. William Hillebrand[2] who married his stepdaughter Anna Post on November 16, 1852.[3] He identified over a hundred new species of snails.[1]

In 1856 he returned to New York, and then Europe in 1857. In 1858 he practiced in Oakland, California. In 1867 his collection was bought by Ezra Cornell, and he moved to Cornell University. From 1870-1888 he was curator of the Cornell Museum.[4] He died in Ithaca, New York on January 26, 1892.

Some species named by Newcomb[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Robert Edwards Carter Stearns (March 1892). "In memoriam - Dr. Wesley Newcomb". The Nautilus. 5 (2). pp. 121–124.  portrait.
  2. ^ Greer, Richard A. (1969). "Founding of the Queen's Hospital". Hawaiian Journal of History. Honolulu: Hawaiian Historical Society. 3: 110–145. hdl:10524/288. PMID 11632066. 
  3. ^ "Oahu marriage record 1832-1900". state archives digital collections. state of Hawaii. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Wesley Newcomb". University of Illinois Natural History Survey. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 

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