Born Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz at Motier en-Vuly, Canton Fribourg, in Switzerland. Received medical degree from the University of Munich in 1830. Married Cecile Braun in October 1833. Their son was Alexander Emanuel Agassiz. Accepted post as professor of natural history at Harvard in 1848. Married Elizabeth Cabot Cary in 1850. The elder Agassiz became an American citizen in 1861. He studied glaciers, their movements, and evidence of a previous "ice age." Agassiz established the Anderson School of Natural Science in 1873. He died at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Agassiz appears on a 44 mm mint medal (Julian PE-1) with dies by William Barber. Later a 63 mm medal (Julian PE-2, USM 619) was produced.
bio: ApCAB; BDAS; DAB; Drake; NCAB 2; TCBDA; WAB; WWWA-HSource credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies