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Georgia Museum of Natural History

Head of the History Department
University of Georgia


Professor of History Emeritus

Professor of History Emeritus
University of Georgia


Ph.D. degree

University of Miami

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John Bachman Symposium (Newberry College, April 2006): Keynote Speakers (Lester D. Stephens)

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Emeritus Professor of History University of Georgia
for Lester D. Stephens
LESTER D. STEPHENS received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Miami in 1963, and then joined the faculty of the University of Georgia. He served as chairman of the Department of History for ten years, and retired as Emeritus Professor of History in 1998. Also an Associate of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, he is especially interested in the history of natural history, and is the author of many publications on naturalists, natural history societies, and responses to the theory of evolution.
Dr. Stephens is coauthor of a forthcoming book titled Seafaring Scientist: Alfred Goldsborough Mayor, American Marine Biologist and Founding Director of the Tortugas Laboratory.
Recipient of nine awards for excellence in the teaching of history, Professor Stephens held a University of Georgia Fellowship for Study in a Second Discipline in 1994-1995. Under that fellowship, he worked with specialists on marine invertebrates and also studied with a mammalogist. His awards for scholarly publications include the South Carolina Science Council's LeConte Medallion, the University of Georgia Creative Research Medal, and the South Carolina Historical Society's Malcolm C. Clark Award for the Best Article in the South Carolina Historical Magazine in 2003. He has presented numerous papers at historical conferences and scientific meetings.

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When Lester D. Stephens was head of the history department at the University of Georgia, he often would whittle away at sticks when he was at home, away from the academic world and its issues involving students, professors and curriculum.

—Lester D. Stephens, Professor Emeritus ...

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—Lester D. Stephens, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Georgia

Lester D. Stephens, Joseph ...

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Lester D. Stephens, Joseph LeConte, Gentle Prophet of Evolution (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1982).

Lester D. Stephens, University of Georgia

Ronald L. Numbers and Lester D. ...

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Ronald L. Numbers and Lester D. Stephens, "Darwinism in the American South," in Disseminating Darwinism: The Role of Place, Race, Religion, and Gender, ed.

Lester D. Stephens, "Darwin's Disciple in Georgia: Henry Clay White, 1875-1927," Georgia Historical Quarterly 78 (spring 1994): 66-91.
Lester D. Stephens, University of Georgia
Updated 5/9/2008

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