Published: Feb. 24, 2017

Theo Cockrell sits in his office

Professor T.D.A. Cockerell sits in his office

Putting a face to the name that adorns one of CU Boulder's residence halls, the CU Museum of Natural History on Feb. 28 will host a presentation titled "Professor T.D.A. Cockerell & Early Twentieth-Century Science in Colorado." 

The event is the second in a series that the museum is hosting as part of a year-long celebration of the 80th anniversary of its home, Henderson Hall. Presenters will include Sean Babbs and Barbara Losoff of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, as well as William Webber, CU Boulder professor emeritus of biology.

T.D.A. "Theo" Cockerell was a founder of the CU Museum of Natural History, and the CU Libraries Special Collections and Archives hold the Cockerell Collection, a unique historical archive that illuminates his research.

If you go

What: Professor T.D.A. Cockerell & Early Twentieth-Century Science in Colorado
Who: Open to the public
When: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: CU Museum of Natural History, Paleontology Hall

Cockerell was an internationally known entomologist, a prolific science writer, and a respected professor at CU Boulder from 1904 until 1934. He helped popularize Colorado for a wide variety of scientific disciplines. In particular, he revealed the importance of Colorado's diverse bee species, the ancient fossil beds in Florissant, and the mutated red sunflower discovered in Boulder.