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Video: Mark Plotkin Shares His Inspiration in Mapping the Amazon

February 20, 2013 by

Mark Plotkin of Amazon Conservation Team just wrote an excellent piece for Harvard magazine about Alexander Hamilton Rice, a true Harvard man who traversed and mapped enormous tracts of Amazonian rainforest in the first quarter of the twentieth century. An excerpt:

“Thus perhaps the most consequential moment of his Harvard career was Commencement day in 1915, when the ‘explorer of tropical America, who heard the wild call of nature and revealed her hiding-place’ received an honorary degree and met Titanic survivor Eleanor Elkins Widener, present for the dedication of the library named for her drowned son. Rice and Widener married later that year and soon set out together for South America; her vast fortune expanded the scope and scale of his fieldwork and supercharged his career.”

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