Unger, William Byers, 1898-1975

Unger, William Byers, 1898-1975



  • Existence: 1898 - 1975


William B. Unger was born on December 19, 1898 in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Westminster High School In 1916. Unger received his A.B. degree from Western Maryland College in 1920, after which he worked as an instructor of Zoology at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, while earning his M.S. degree, which he received in 1922. Unger went to Yale University as an Assistant in Zoology and Anatomy while earning his Ph. D. from the university. He received the degree in 1925, and was appointed Instructor in Zoology at Dartmouth College the same year. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1927, and to full Professor of Zoology in 1935. In 1937-38 on sabbatical, he traveled to Hawaii, the Fiji Islands, New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, Japan and China.

Unger was a popular teacher and published a number of articles, as well as co-authoring (with Charles E. Moritz) A Laboratory Manual for Elementary Zoology in 1942. In 1955, at the request of Dartmouth Provost Donald Morrison, Unger spent three months surveying the heads of 65 medical schools to ascertain how well American colleges were preparing their students for medical school. The Journal of Medical Education solicited an article on the written findings, but subsequently decided not to publish it. Unger privately distributed the report to those he felt would be interested. After 40 years of teaching at Dartmouth, W. Byers Unger retired in 1965. He died on November 2, 1975.

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William Unger papers

Identifier: MS-883
Date(s): 1908 to 1976

William Byers Unger (1898-1975), professor of zoology. The materials consist of clippings, notes, llustrations, brochures, pamphlets, photo albums, diaries, some correspondence and memorabilia related to his personal life, teaching at Dartmouth College and travels.