Roy Chapman Andrews

During the 1920s, Roy Chapman Andrews led the first AMNH expeditions to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. This bold explorer and real-life "Indiana Jones" inspired many people to pursue paleontology. Andrews, who began his career sweeping floors at the Museum, eventually became the Museum's Director.

Date of Birth: January 26, 1884
Hometown: Beloit, Wisconsin
Position: Director of the American Museum of Natural History from 1934 to 1941
Education: Ph.D., Columbia University
Known For: discovering the nesting Oviraptor and the first fossilized dinosaur eggs
Publications: All About Dinosaurs

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