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Science Discoveries from the Field Museum

April 21, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Book Stall in Chestnut Court invites you to this special book presentation event. Hear exciting stories from three former leaders of scientific research at The Field Museum in Chicago in their respective fields of anthropology, botany, and paleontology.

In chronological order of their leadership roles at The Field Museum, here are the speakers and their books:

Professor Sir Peter Crane (Director of Research & Collections, 1992-1999)
Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot. (Yale University Press, March 2013)

Professor Robert Martin (Vice President and then Provost of Academic Affairs, 2001-2006)
How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction. (Basic Books, June 2013)

Dr. Lance Grande (Vice President of Collections & Research, 2006-2013)
The Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time. (University of Chicago Press, June 2013)

Author bios:

Professor Sir Peter Crane is Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. His work focuses on the diversity of plant life – its origin, fossil history, current status, conservation and use. From 1982 to 1999 he was at the Field Museum in Chicago, and from 1992 to 1999 served as Director with overall responsibility for the Museum’s collections and scientific programmes. In 1999 he was appointed Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He returned to Chicago in 2006 as the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor at The University of Chicago, before being appointed at Yale in 2009.

Professor Robert Martin is Curator Emeritus of Biological Anthropology at The Field Museum, following his retirement in December 2013. He began his career in 1969 on the faculty of University College London. Spending 17 years in London, he also held posts as Senior Research Fellow, Zoological Society of London, as Visiting Professor, Yale University, and as Visiting Professor at the Musée de l’Homme, Paris. He then spent 15 years as Director of the Anthropological Institute in Zürich (Switzerland) before moving to the Field Museum in 2001. After serving as Provost for five years, he was appointed as A. Watson Armour III Curator of Biological Anthropology.

Dr. Lance Grande is the Distinguished Service Curator at the Field Museum. He has been a curator in geology at the museum for over 30 years and served as its Vice President and Head of Collections & Research for eight and a half years of that time. He is an award-winning author with two PROSE awards for “The Best Book in Earth History” (2009 for Gems and Gemstones, and 2013 for The Lost World of Fossil Lake) and the 2012 Robert H. Gibbs award for “An Outstanding Body of Published Work.” His main research interests today are evolutionary biology, extinct ecosystems, and fishes.


April 21, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Community House
620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States