‘An Advocate for Science’: A Reflection on Former President Frank H.T. Rhodes’ Scientific Legacy at Cornell
Although widely known for serving as Cornell’s ninth president from 1977 to 1995, the late Frank H.T. Rhodes was also a reputable paleontologist. Prof. Warren Allmon, earth and atmospheric sciences- who used to frequently host Rhodes as a guest lecturer in his paleobiology course – discussed Rhodes’ legacy in the scientific community with The Sun. Rhodes, who died on Feb. 3, was an invertebrate paleontologist, studying the fossils of species without backbones. He specialized in conodonts, extinct microfossils that have a tooth-like structure.