Barnum Brown, archeologist
February 12, 1873-February 5, 1963
Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World by Tracey Fern, illustrated by Boris Kulikov (FSG, 2012)
A fossil collector since childhood, Barnum, who was named after the famous circus man, hoped he would grow up to do something important. He did. In 1902, he unearthed a T- rex, that was eventually displayed at the American Museum of Natural History.
Drop by the American Museum of Natural History in NYC today.