Theodore B. Comstock


Theodore B. Comstock
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Theodore Bryant Comstock

(1849-07-27)July 27, 1849
DiedJuly 26, 1915(1915-07-26) (aged 65)
Los Angeles, California
Blanche Huggins
(m. 1880)
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Theodore Bryant Comstock (1849–1915) was an American explorer and geologist.


Theodore B. Comstock was born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on July 27, 1849. He earned a bachelor's degree at Pennsylvania State Agricultural College, and postgraduate degrees from Cornell University.[1]

He was a professor of general and economic geology at Cornell University from 1875 to 1879, and a professor of mining engineering and physics at the University of Illinois from 1885 to 1889.[2][3][4][5]

He married Blanche Huggins in 1880.[1]

He served as first president of the University of Arizona from 1894 to 1895.[6] He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from what is now Pennsylvania State University in 1868, a Bachelor of Science in 1870 and D.Sc. in 1886 from Cornell University.[7]

Theodore B. Comstock died at his home in Los Angeles on July 26, 1915.[8]


  • Reports on the Geology of Northwestern Wyoming (1874)
  • Outline of General Geology (1878)
  • Map of San Juan County, Colo. (1882)
  • Reports on gold and silver, Arkansas survey, and on the central mineral region of Texas (1889)

He made contributions to American Naturalist, the American Journal of Science, and the Engineering and Mining Journal.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Vol. XIII. James T. White & Company. 1906. p. 450. Retrieved August 23, 2020 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans Digitized on pp. 237-238".
  3. ^ "The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans Vol. 2 Digitized on pp. 357-358". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Cornell University - a History, Digitized on pp. 290-293".
  5. ^ "The American Naturalist Digitized on Google Book pp.178". 1879.
  6. ^ "Past Presidents of University of Arizona".
  7. ^ "Comstock, Theodore Bryant". International Who's Who. 1912. p. 303.
  8. ^ "Eyes That Saw Riches in Stones are Closed". Los Angeles Times. July 27, 1915. p. 11. Retrieved August 23, 2020 – via