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Area: embryology

Harold Heath

Years: 1894-1934

Born in Vevay, Indiana, in 1868, Harold Heath graduated from Wesleyan University of Ohio in 1893, during which time he served as instructor of Biology from 1890-1893. He next spent two years (1894-1896) as Professor of Biology at the College of the Pacific, Stockton California and as an instructor of invertebrate zoology at Stanford University.  For graduate school, Heath attended the University of Pennsylvania (1896-1898) with Professor E. G. Conklin serving as his primary advisor. Harold Heath participated as a student at the original Hopkins Seaside Laboratory in 1894, and instructor in the summer courses from 1895-1899, serving as Instructor in Charge during the summer of 1909. He came to the faculty of Stanford University, first serving as Assistant Professor (1898-1901), then Associate Professor (1901-09), and Full Professor (1909-1933), upon which time he became Professor Emeritus.

 In 1925, having obtained the reluctant consent of Ray Lyman Wilbur, Harold Heath became the next full-time resident faculty positioned at Hopkins Marine Station. Over the course of the next nine years, Professor Heath instructed courses in embryology, invertebrate, and vertebrate zoology, while supervising undergraduate and graduate research in embryology, morphology, and zoology. 

For the Annual Report of the President of Stanford University For The Forty Second Academic Year ending August 31, 1933, WK Fisher provided the following: Professor Heath retires at the close of the present academic year, thus terminating a teaching career of which nearly forty years have been spent in the service of Stanford University. Throughout that period he has achieved a position of distinction in Zoology and has held the merited affection and esteem of his students and his colleagues. We note his retirement with no merely formal expression of regret.


Experiments in termite caste development, Heath, H. SCIENCE Volume: 73 Issue: 1894 Pages: 431-431 Published: APR 17 1931

A connecting link between the annelida and the Echiuroidea (Gephyrea armata), Heath, H. JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY Volume: 49 Issue: 1 Pages: 223-249 Published: MAR 1930

Fertile termite soldiers, Heath, H. BIOLOGICAL BULLETIN Volume: 54 Issue: 4 Pages: 324-326 Published: APR 1928

A sexually mature turbellarian resembling Muller's larva, Heath, H. JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY Volume: 45 Issue: 1 Pages: 187-207 Published: MAR 1928

The development of the soldier caste in the termite genus Termopsis, Heath, H; Wilbur, BC. BIOLOGICAL BULLETIN Volume: 53 Issue: 3 Pages: 145-U10 Published: SEP 1927

Caste formation in the termite genus Termopsis, Heath, H. JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY Volume: 43 Issue: 2 Pages: 387-425 Published: MAR 1927

Egg formation in a leech, Heath, H. JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY Volume: 41 Issue: 2 Pages: 333-345 Published: MAR 1926

Heath, Harold. 1912. Spengelomenia, a new Genus of Solenogastres. Zoologischen Jahrbuchern. Supplement 15(1):465-478.

Heath, Harold and Ernest A. McGregor. 1912. New Polyclads from Monterey Bay, California. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia:455-488.

Heath, Harold. 1911. Reports on the Scientific Results of the Expedition to the Tropical Pacific, in charge of Alexander Agassiz, by the U.S. Fishe Commission Steamer, Heath, Heath, Harold. 1910. The Association of a fish with a hydroid. Biological Bulletin. 19(2):73-78.

Heath, Harold. 1910. Pelagosphaera, a larval Gephyrean. Biological Bulletin. 18(5):281-284.

Heath, Harold. 1910. A New Genus of Parasitic Gastropods. Biological Bulletin. 18(3):99-108.

Heath, Harold. 1907. A New Turbellarian from Hawaii. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia:145-148.

Heath, Harold. 1907. The Gonad in Certain Species of Chitons. Zoologischen Anzeiger. 32(1):10-12.

Heath, Harold. 1906. A new species of Semper's larva from the Galapagos Islands. Zoologischen Anzeiger. 30(6):171-175.

Heath, Harold. 1905. The Breeding Habits of Chitons of the Californian coast. Zoologischen Anzeiger. 29(12):390-393.

Heath, Harold. 1905. The Morphology of a Solenogastre. Zoologischen Jahrbuchern. 21(4):103-734.

Heath, Harold. 1905. The Excretory and Circulatory Systems of Cryptochiton stelleri midd. Biological Bulletin. 9(4):213-225.

Heath, Harold. 1904. The Nervous System and Subradular Organ in two Genera of Solenogastres. Zoologischen Jahrbuchern. 20(3):399-408.

Heath, Harold and M.H. Spaulding. 1904. The Anatomy of a Pteropod, Corolla (Cymbuliopsis) spectabilis Dall. Zoologischen Jahrbuchern. 20(1):67-80.

The habits of California termites, Heath, H. BIOLOGICAL BULLETIN Volume: 4 Issue: 2 Pages: 47-63 Published: JAN 1903

Heath, Harold and M.H. Spaulding. 1901. Cymbuliopsis vitrea, a New Species of Pteropod. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia:509-511.

"Albatross," from August, 1899 to June 1900, Commander Jeffereson F. Moser, U.S.N. Commanding. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College. 45(1):9-179.

Memorial Resolution:

Harold Heath 1868 - 1951