Allison R. Palmer

Allison Ralph Palmer ( born January 9, 1927 in Bound Brook, New Jersey) is an American paleontologist and geologist. He is considered a leading expert on the Cambrian.

Palmer studied at the Pennsylvania State University (Bachelor 1946) and the University of Minnesota, where he became in 1950 a doctorate in geology. After that, he was until 1966 the United States Geological Survey, where he worked on the stratigraphy and paleontology of the Cambrian. 1966 to 1980 he was professor of paleontology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook ( SUNY ). 1974-1977 he was there Board of the Faculty of Geosciences. From 1983 to 1986 he was the U.S. National Committee for Geology and 1980-1993 Coordinator of Centennial Science Program of the Geological Society of America; from 1993 he was Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Palmer was editor of the monumental Decade of North American Geology (D -NAG ) series, which was launched by the Geological Society of America on the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 1988, lives and represents the geology of North America in 30 volumes.

He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 1983 was president of the Paleontological Society. 1972 to 1984 he was president of the committee of the International Stratigraphic Commission for the Cambrian. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 1992 and received the Distinguished Service Medal. 1988 to 1991 he headed the Education Program.

In 1967, he received the Charles Doolittle Walcott Medal.