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Sam Knight – The Great Geologist Who Could Take Correction From A Neighborhood Kid

Samuel Howell Knight (1892-1975) or Doc, as he was known to his many friends and students, was the son of the first Wyoming State Geologist, Wilbur C. Knight (1858-1903). He grew up on the plains of Wyoming outside of Laramie but when it came to schooling he ventured far to Columbia University in New York City where he earned his PhD. After he received his degree, though, he returned to Laramie and went on to become the second Wyoming State Geologist. Not only was Doc a fine State Geologist, adding to the knowledge of Wyoming and mapping many uncharted areas, he was the head of the Geology Department at Laramie for many years and created a strong geology department that is the base on which the University thrives today.