William Emerson Ritter, professor of zoology at the University of California, was born on a Wisconsin farm on November 19,
1856, where he lived and worked for the first twenty years of his life. After graduating from the Oshkosh Normal School, he
continued his studies at Harvard in 1890, married Mary Bennett in 1891, and came to the University of California at Berkeley
in 1893 as a biology instructor. In 1899 he was elected president of the California Academy of Sciences, and that same year
took part in the famed Harriman Expedition to Alaska.
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