Edward S. Morse, a distant relative of Samuel F. B. Morse

Edward S. Morse
(photo:http://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/exhibition/special/2013/09/)

 An exhibition about collections of Edward S. Morse (1838 – 1925), an American botanist, is opened at the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Tokyo from September 14 through December 3, 2013.

In June 1877 Morse first visited Japan and this visit turned into a three year stay when he was offered a post as the first Professor of Zoology at the Tokyo Imperial University (currently Tokyo University). 

He is well known for discovery of the Omori shell mound in Tokyo in 1877, the excavation which shed much light on the material culture of prehistoric Japan.

It is said that Edward S. Morse was a distant relative of Samuel F. B. Morse whose wife was Deaf. He was famous for inventing telegraph in the U.S.A.


Exhibition websites:
http://www.asahi.com/event/morse2013/
http://ameblo.jp/tonton3/entry-11641586990.html

Reference (English): http://www.nasonline.org/publications/biographical-memoirs/memoir-pdfs/morse-edward.pdf

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