Retired Curator of Paleontology, Museum of the Rockies
Emeritus Regent's Professor, Montana State University
Jack Horner, the Museum's former Curator of Paleontology, is known for his groundbreaking discoveries of the first dinosaur eggs in the Western Hemisphere, the first evidence of dinosaur colonial nesting, the first evidence of parental care among dinosaurs, and the first dinosaur embryos.
He is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost paleontologists, noted for his fieldwork and research concerning dinosaur growth and behavior. Horner is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship "genius grant," and the Romer-Simpson Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor presented by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. He serves as the technical adviser for all of the Jurassic Park movies and is the inspiration for the film's lead character, Dr. Alan Grant.
In honor of his retirement and 33 years of service, the museum announced the creation of a $3 million endowed position, the John R. Horner Curator of Paleontology.
For more information about Horner's career, see his interview in the Spring 2016 issue of the Montana State University Magazine Mountains & Minds.