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CROSBY, William Otis, geologist, born in Decatur, Ohio, 14 January 1850. He was graduated at the Massachusetts institute of technology in 1876, where he was an assistant in 1876-'80, instructor in 1880-'3, and assistant professor of mineralogy and lithology since 1883. In 1875 he was appointed assistant in the Boston museum of natural history. Professor Crosby is a member of numerous scientific societies, and has lectured in the Lowell course. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and the West Indies, and has published memoirs on the geology of the localities visited in various scientific journals. "Native Bitumens and the Pitch Lake of Trinidad" (1879) is one of his most important papers. He is the author of "Common Minerals and Rocks" (Boston, 1881; enlarged ed., 1886).
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