Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, 1901, Master of Arts, 1904, Doctor of Philosophy, 1906, Doctor of Science (honorary), Yale, 1941, Harvard University, 1946. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Oslo, 1946.
Since 1905; curator of Coelenterates in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, 1914-1926, research curator in zoology, 1925-1927, curator of oceanography, 1927-1950, professor emeritus Harvard University, 1950. Also professor zoology. Director Woods Hole (Massachusetts) Oceanographic Institution, 1930-1939.
Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Association for Advancement of Science, Royal Geography Society, London. Member American Philosophical Society, American Geophysical Union, National Academy Science, Boston Society National History American Geography Society, Norwegian Academy (Oslo). Member Academy National Science, Zoological Society (London).
Clubs: Faculty (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Harvard (Boston).
Married Elizabeth P. Shattuck, August 14, 1906. Children: Elizabeth P. (deceased), Mary C., Henry B. (deceased), Frederick South. With Harvard University.