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RICE, William North, educator, born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, 21 November, 1845. He was graduated at Wesleyan in 1865, and then, devoting himself to the pursuit of natural history, studied at the Sheffield scientific school of Yale, and in two years received the degree of Ph. D. In 1867 he was appointed professor of natural history and geology in Wesleyan, and after spending the first year on leave of absence, studying at the University of Berlin, he continued in the possession of that chair until 1884, when he became professor of geology in the same institution. He is a regularly ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a member of the East New York conference, although he has never filled a pastorate. Professor Rice has spent two of his summers in zoological work with the United States fish commission at Portland, Maine, and at Noank, Connecticut, and was engaged in geological and zoological investigations in the Bermuda islands during the winter of 1876-'7. He is a fellow of the American association for the advancement of science, and a member of other sol-entitle societies, and in 1886 received the degree of LL.D. from Syracuse university. Professor Rice has published articles in scientific, religious, and other periodicals, chiefly on points in geology and its cognate sciences, and on the relations of science and religion. At present (1888) he is preparing a work on zoological classification and one on the relations of science and religion.
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