William Arthur Parks 1868-1936

The first Director of the Royal Ontario Museum of Paleontology, Parks was born in Hamilton and educated at the University of Toronto, from which he received a Doctorate in 1900. Initially known as an expert on "stromatoporoids", a unique group of invertebrate fossils, he later turned his attention to the study of vertebrate paleontology. The expeditions Parks organized to the Canadian and American West between 1918 and 1935 provided most of the material for the Museum's extensive world-recognized dinosaur collection. As Professor from 1922-35, Head of the Geology Department at the University of Toronto he taught geology and paleontology and produced many publications, notable among them being his authoritative five-volume guide, "The Building and Ornamental Stones of Canada".


In front of the Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park Crescent, Toronto

Region: Greater Toronto Area

County/District: City of Toronto (District)

Municipality: City of Toronto