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Robert McCracken Peck

Robert McCracken Peck, curator of art and artifacts and senior fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, is a writer, naturalist, and historian who has traveled extensively in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Mr. Peck is the author of Specimens of Hair: the Curious Collection of Peter A Browne (2018),The Natural History of Edward Lear (2016), A Glorious Enterprise: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Making of American Science (2012), with co-author Patricia Tyson Stroud; Land of the Eagle: A Natural History of North America (1990); Headhunters and Hummingbirds: An Expedition into Ecuador (1987); A Celebration of Birds: The Life and Art of Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1982); and co-author of All In The Bones: A Biography of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (2008). He has also written for newspapers and a wide range of popular and scholarly publications.

Mr. Peck has served as a guest curator for and consultant to museums and libraries in the U.S. and has lectured widely at home and abroad. He has also provided content and commentary for television, radio, and film documentaries on topics ranging from the history of science to the history of art.

Mr. Peck has been honored by the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Explorers Club, and other organizations for his contributions to exploration and the interpretation of natural history through his many lectures and publications. In 2007, the U.S. Department of State and the White House chose him to represent the United States at Mongolia’s 800th birthday celebration.

Learn more about Robert McCracken Peck's biography, lectures, and publications.

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Robert M. Peck
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103