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Aronson, Lester R. (Lester Ralph), 1911-1996



  • Existence: 1911 April 9 - 1996 April 7


Lester R. Aronson was a biologist and animal behaviorist at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) from 1938 to 1977.

Obtained masters degree in biology at Cornell University
Received doctorate from New York University
Employed by American Museum of Natural History
Curator in the Department of Animal Behavior
Chairman in the Department of Animal Behavior
1996 April 7
Died in New Jersey


Thomas, Robert Mcg. Jr. "Lester Aronson, 84, Animal Behavior Researcher." The New York Times. April 14, 1996, section 1, page 38.


Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Lester R. Aronson collection on the Kammerer/Noble midwife toad scandal

Identifier: Mss .A76
Scope and Contents The collection consists of 9 folders of material (photocopies, clippings and reprints of articles; handwritten and typewritten letters and notes; and photographs) collected by Aronson in preparing his 1975 review of Arthur Koestler's 1971 book, The case of the midwife toad, about a 1926 scientific dispute between G.K. Noble and Paul Kammerer. The collection includes the typescript of Aronson's article, The case of The case of the midwife toad, which appeared in Behavior genetics vol. 5, no....
Dates: 1903-1990 (bulk 1923-1975); Majority of material found within 1923 - 1975

Department of Animal Behavior correspondence, 1939-1980

Identifier: DR 063
Scope and content

Box 1: Beach and Aronson Correspondence; Box 2: Professional Correspondence; Box 3: Miscellaneous Inquiries.

Dates: 1939 - 1980

Department of Animal Behavior photographic slide collection, circa 1960s-1970s.

Identifier: PSC 671

Field photographs from the AMNH Department of Animal Behavior. Mostly of fish and marine life with slides of graphs and charts.

Dates: circa 1960s-1970s