mark Walrod Harrington


Geology, Zoology & Botany 1872-1876,

Astronomy 1879-1892

MARK WALROD HARRINGTON was born at Sycamore, Illinois, August 18, 1848. He is of early New England stock, being descended on the father's side from a family which came from England about the middle of the seventeenth century, and on the mother's side from the Walrod family, of New York, originally from Holland. He had his preparatory education at Sycamore and Evanston, Illinois; and entered the University of Michigan where he was graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1868. The degree of Master of Arts followed three years later. Immediately on graduation he was appointed Assistant to the Curator of the Museum of Natural History in the University, where he remained two years in the study of Biological Science. In 1870 he went to Alaska as acting astronomical aid in the United States Coast Survey's reconnaissance, conducted by W. H. Dall. In 1872 he returned to the University as Instructor in Geology, Zoology, and Botany, and the following year was made assistant professor. He resigned this position in 1876 and pursued studies at the University of Leipzig for a year. The following year he went to Peking as Professor of Astronomy and Mathematics in the Cadet School of the Chinese Foreign Office, where he remained about a year. Returning to Ann Arbor in 1879 he was appointed Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Observatory to succeed Professor Watson. This position he held till 1892, when he resigned it to become Chief of the United States Weather Bureau at Washington. He relinquished this office in 1895 and was elected President of the University of Washington, at Seattle, but gave up that position at the end of his second year. He now took up his residence in New York City, where he was for some years engaged in literary work. He is an honorary member of the German Meteorological Society and the Sociedad Cientifica of Mexico; and a Fellow of the Linnaean Society, and of the Royal Meteorological Society. He founded "The American Meteorological Journal" in 1884, and edited the first seven volumes. He is also the author of numerous scientific papers. In 1894 the University of Michigan conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws. He was married in 1874 to Rose M. Smith, of Sycamore, Illinois, and they have a son, Mark Raymond.

Burke A. Hinsdale and Isaac Newton Demmon, History of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1906), pp. 256-257.