Roy Chapman AndrewsRoy Chapman Andrews
) was a colorful American mammologist
who rose from a menial job at the American Museum of Natural History
to the directorship. He is primarily known for leading a series of expeditions through the fragmented China
of the early 20th Century into the Gobi Desert
. The expeditions made important discoveries including returning the first known fossil dinosaur
eggs to the Museum.
Andrews was primarily a naturalist and an organizer of expeditions. His life was a long series of travels and explorations of desert islands, raging seas, remote mountains and deserts. Numerous encounters are reported with everything from angry whales and hungry sharks, to pythons and several brushes with armed Chinese bandits. He was erroneously reported dead at least once.
Andrews was married in 1914 and divorced in 1930. He had two sons.
Andrews is said to have been one of the models for movie legend Indiana Jones, and was a graduate of Beloit College, in the town of Beloit, Wisconsin where he was born.