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ichthyologist , oceanographer , professor , zoologist

Albert Eide Parr, marine researcher, museum director. Contributor articles to professional journals. Trustee Woods Hole (Massachusetts) Oceanographic Institute.


Parr, Albert Eide was born on August 15, 1900 in Bergen, Norway. Son of Thomas and Helga (Eide) Parr. came to the United States, 1926, naturalized, 1932.


Student, Royal University, Oslo, 1925. Doctor of Science, Yale University, 1946. Doctor of Science, Colby College, 1956.


Parrosaurus missouriensis, a species of plant-eating dinosaur, is named after him. He became well acquainted with Jørgen Brunchorst, director at the Bergen Museum and developed an early interest in marine biology. He subsequently worked was an assistant in zoology at the Bergen Museum.

The couple traveled to the United States in 1926 where Parr is said to have found work "sweeping floors" New York Aquarium, in New York City. He met American millionaire Harry Payne Bingham and the two launched a series of marine biology expeditions that segued into the founding of the Bingham Oceanographic Laboratory at Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History, where Parr became Professor of Oceanography in 1938. From 1938 to 1942, Parr was director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

From 1942 to 1959, he was Director of the American Museum of Natural History. Among his later research areas was the classification of Alepocephalidae fish.


Trustee Woods Hole (Massachusetts) Oceanographic Institute.


  • Other Interests

    The study of cities.


Married Ella Hage, December 31, 1925. Children:Hedvig, Gifford Nils, Thomas, Victoria-Johanne.

Thomas Parr

Helga (Eide) Parr

Ella Hage

Thomas Parr

Victoria-Johanne Parr

Hedvig Parr

Gifford Nils Parr