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RICE, Alexander Hamilton, Jr. [1875-1956] -- geographer and explorer

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Grandson of MA Governor, and his namesake, Alexander Hamilton Rice, Sr, ¤ he married Titanic survivor Eleanor (Elkins) Widener ¤ in 1915.

He was a geographer and explorer who specialized in rivers. It was said of him that he knew headwaters as other men knew headwaiters.

Among his many accomplishments and honors:

  • Founder, organizer and director of Institute of Geographical Exploration at Harvard University.
  • Professor of Geographical Exploration, Harvard.
  • Curator, South American section, Peabody Museum of Archæology and Ethnology
  • Lecturer, Diseases of Tropical South America, Harvard Medical School
  • Trustee, American Museum of Natural History
  • Organized and conducted seven expeditions of geographical exploration into the Columbian Caqueta, Venezuelan Guayana and Brazilian Amazon. Hydroplane successfully employed in reconnaissance and air photography (perhaps first such use). Efficiency of shortwave wireless in such work first conclusively demonstrated.
  • Former Vice-President and Gold Medallist (Patron), Royal Geographical SOciety
  • Former Vice-President and Gold Medallist (Livingston), American Geographical Society
  • Gold Medallist (Kane), Philadelphia Geographical Society
  • Gold Medallist, Société Royale de Géographie d'Anvers
  • Gold Medallist, Harvard Travellers Club
  • Gold Medal, Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of New York
  • Society of the Cincinatti
  • Pres. Institut Française aux États-Unis
  • Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur
  • Chairman Spanish Nationalist Relief Committee
  • Served in WW-I member of Surgical Staff, Ambulance Amercaine, Paris 1914-15
  • Surgeon and Director, Hospital 72, Société de Secours aux Blessés Militairs
  • Commissioned Lt. U.S.N.R.F. 1917
  • Director, 2nd Naval District Training School for Reserve Officers, Newport, RI, 1917-21
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