Arthur Smith Woodward (23 May 1864 – 2 September
1944) was an English palaeontologist.
was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England and
was educated there and at Owens College,
Manchester. He joined the staff of the Department of
Geology at the Natural History Museum in 1882.
He became assistant Keeper of
Geology in 1892, and Keeper in 1901. He was appointed Secretary of
the Palaeontographical Society and in 1904, was appointedPresident
of the Geological Society
He was the world expert on fossil fish
his Catalogue of the Fossil Fishes in the British Museum
(1889-1901). His travels included journeys to South America and Greece.
contribution to paleoichthyology
resulted in him receiving many awards, including a Royal Medal from
the Royal Society
, the Lyell
of the Geological
, the Linnean Medal
and the Clarke Medal
by the Royal Society of New South
in 1914. He retired from the museum in 1924.
Woodward's reputation suffered from his involvement in the Piltdown Man
hoax where he helped in the
uncovering and identification of a false palaeontographical