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geographer , historian , librarian

Charles Hyde Smith, American librarian, historian, geographer. Member of Linnean Society London, Science & Medical Network, American Society Engineering Education, International Biogeography Society, History of Science Society, Society for the History of Natural History, Kentucky Library. Association.

Background

Smith, Charles Hyde was born on September 30, 1950 in Winsted, Connecticut, United States. Son of George Nelson and Hazel Munson Smith.

Education

Bachelor in Geology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1972. Master of Arts in Geography, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1980. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography, University Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1984.

Master of Library Science, University Pittsburgh, 1995.

Career

He is best known for his work as a historian/philosopher and bibliographer of science, especially for his expertise on the career of Alfred Russel Wallace. Since his undergraduate college years he has lived in Georgia, Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois, Australia, Pennsylvania, and, from 1995, Bowling Green, Kentucky. He created and maintains the website The Alfred Russel Wallace Page hosted by WKU and devoted to Wallace scholarship, which includes a comprehensive bibliography of Wallace's publications and interviews, texts of many of Wallace's works, and writings on Wallace by Smith and others.

Smith has also produced a number of conventional writings on Wallace including the anthology Alfred Russel Wallace: An Anthology of His Shorter Writings published in 1991, a three-volume collection Alfred Russel Wallace: Writings on Evolution, 1843–1912 published in 2004, an edited collection of writings Natural Selection and Beyond: The Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace published in 2008, Alfred Russel Wallace's 1886–1887 Travel Diary: The North American Lecture Tour published in 2013, Enquête sur un Aventurier de l'Esprit: Le Véritable Alfred Russel Wallace (translated by Antoine Guillemain) published in 2013, Dear Sir: Sixty-Nine Years of Alfred Russel Wallace Letters to the Editor published in 2014, and more than two dozen journal articles. Smith was originally trained as a biogeographer and has produced written work in that and cognate fields, including the bibliographic compilation Biodiversity Studies: A Bibliographic Review published in 2000, and journal-based philosophical, historical and empirical studies. He additionally hosts several related websites.

He has also created and maintains three well known sites on music education hosted by WKU: The 111 Greatest Acts of the Anglo-American Folk Music Tradition, The Classical Music Navigator, and Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems. In April 2013 Smith was a recipient of the national President's Call to Service Award, given to individuals who over their lifetime have volunteered at least 4000 hours of their time to public service, for his "website development for global awareness and education." Smith received a B.A. (1972) in Geology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut. M.A. (1980), in Geography, Indiana University.

Ph.D. (1984), in Geography (emphasis: Biogeography. Minor: History & Philosophy of Science), University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. M.L.S. (1995), University of Pittsburgh.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: (monographic analysis) Alfred Russel Wallace: The Evolution of an Evolutionist, since 2003. Editor: (anthology and bibliography) Alfred Russel Wallace: An Anthology of His Shorter Writings, 1991, (anthology) Alfred Russel Wallace: Writings on Evolution 1843-1912, 2004. Compiler (bibliography) Biodiversity Studies: A Bibliographic Review, 2000 (The Oberly award, 2001), compiler/maintainer (informational website) Nineteenth Century Exploration of Australia, since 2002, Early Classics in Biogeography, Distribution, and Diversity Studies: 1951-1975, since 2003, Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists: Chrono-Biographical Sketches, since 2005, Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems, since 2006, The 111 Greatest Acts of the Anglo-American Folk Music Tradition, since 2006, The Alfred Russel Wallace Page, since 2000 (Science American Best Five History of Science Websites, 2003), The Classical Music Navigator, since 2000, MAMMFAUN, since 2001, Early Classics in Biogeography, Distribution, and Diversity Studies: To 1950, since 2002, HERPFAUN, since 2007, Mammal Families Distribution Maps, since 2010.

      Author/maintainer: website The Once and Future Wallace, since 2006. Contributor articles to professional journals. Contributing editor: Natural Selection and Beyond: The Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace, 2008.

Membership

Member of Linnean Society London, Science & Medical Network, American Society Engineering Education, International Biogeography Society, History of Science Society, Society for the History of Natural History, Kentucky Library. Association.

Connections

Married Alesia Maltz, 1978 (divorced 1984).

father:
George Nelson

mother:
Hazel Munson Smith

spouse:
Alesia Maltz