Hershkovitz, Philip

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Hershkovitz, Philip Gender: M
Israel F. Hershkovitz
born on 12 October 1909 at 17:30 (= 5:30 PM )
Place Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 40n26, 80w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 18°57' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 03°42 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 14°20'

Philip Hershkovitz (circa 1962, FMNH archives and PH files)
photo: Drnap68, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American mammalogist who published much on the mammals of the Neotropics, particularly primates and rodents, and described almost 70 new species and subspecies of mammals. About a dozen species have been named after him.

He attended the Universities of Pittsburgh and Michigan and lived in South America collecting mammals. In 1947, he was appointed a curator at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and he continued to work there until his death.

He worked in Brazil on several occasions, the last in 1992, after which his health prevented him from going. He died from complications resulting from bone cancer at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on 15 February 1997 at the age of 87; he continued to work on his mammalogical research until two weeks before his death.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death by Disease 15 February 1997 (Bone cancer, age 87)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate for "Israel F. Hercovitz," son of "Aba Hercovitz" and "Bertha Halpern."


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Bone)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Bone (Cancer)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Bone cancer)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (Museum curator)
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Science : Biology (Mammalogist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction