SMITH, William Sidney Tangier

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SMITH, William Sidney Tangier (1869-1962), native Californian and geologist who authored several works on the California Channel Islands. His first publication on the geology of Santa Catalina Island was published when he was a PhD student at the University of California. Smith died in Menlo Park at age 93 on December 20, 1962 after a long period of failing health.

Smith's wife, Ruth Wales Hobson [Tangier Smith] (1870-1959), also published an article about San Clemente Island.



  • 1898. Smith, W. S. T. The Geology of Santa Catalina Island Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 1, 3rd series, 1:1-71, 1898


[original in SCIF archives]


  • 1933. Smith, W. S. T. Marine Terraces on Santa Catalina Island Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 25(146)5th series:123-136, 1933


BY SMITH'S WIFE:


[original in SCIF archives]




Island Collections~

San Clemente Island

1893 NMNH herps



In the News~

June 1, 1907: “Sir: I hereby tender my resignation as assistant geologist on the United States Geological Survey. This action was fully determined upon four years ago, but was deleayed, at first until I should have finished the work upon which I was then engaged, and, later, as a measure of self-protection while my report of that work was in the hands of the editorial staff…