Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Parker, Herschel Clifford

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PARKER, HERSCHEL CLIFFORD, American mountain climber. He was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1867, and graduated from the Columbia School of Mines in 1890. Some years later he explored the Canadian Alps, prospecting, surveying, and studying mineralogy and general physics. He began to teach physics in Columbia University in 1903, and at intervals explored the mountains of Alaska, ascending to the summit of Mt. McKinley, after a previous attempt in which Frederick A. Cook accompanied him. He has written articles for scientific journals and published “A Systematic Treatise on Electrical Measurements.”