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director , editor , President , secretary , author

Paul Henry Oehser was an author of three books and an editor of scientific publications.


Oehser, Paul Henry was born on March 27, 1904 in Cherry Creek, New York, United States. Son of Henry Christian and Agnes Theodosia (Abbey) Oehser.


Student, University Iowa, 1924;Bachelor of Arts, Greenville (Illinois) College, 1925;postgraduate, American U., 1926-1930.


Soon after graduation he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the Bureau of Biological Survey as an assistant scientific editor. Beginning in 1931 he was an editor working for the Smithsonian Institution and in 1950 became director of the Institution's Editorial and Publications Division. From 1951 to 1966 he continued as director but also served as the Smithsonian Institution's public relations officer.

He retired from the Institution in 1966 and then worked from 1966 to 1975 for the National Geographic Society as an editor of scientific reports. He was on the Wilderness Society's Governing Council. At various times he was secretary, bulletin editor, and president of the Cosmos Club.

He was president of the Washington Biologists’ Field Club from 1964 to 1967. 2nd edition, rev. and expanded.



Board directors Greater Washington Educational television Association, Inc., 1958-1964. Fellow Washington Academy of Sciences. Member Philosophical Society Washington, American Ornithological Union, Biological Society Washington, Wilderness Society (member governing council 1964-1977, honorary council since 1977, assistant treasurer 1965-1970, 72-76, vice president 1976-1977), History of Science Club (Washington), Thoreau Society of America (president 1961), Washington Biologists' Field Club (vice president 1962-1964, president 1964-1967), Literary Society of Washington (correspondent secretary and treasurer 1972-1984) Clubs: Cosmos (Washington) (secretary 1950-1969, editor Bulletin 1951-1969, vice president 1973, president 1974), Palaver (Washington).


Married Grace M. Edgbert, October 4, 1927. Children: Gordon Vincent, Richard Edgbert.

Henry Christian Oehser

Agnes Theodosia (Abbey) Oehser

Grace M. Edgbert

Gordon Vincent Oehser

Richard Edgbert Oehser