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Jack Horner

Photo of Jack Horner while in the field.Jack Horner

Retired Curator of Paleontology, Museum of the Rockies
Emeritus Regent's Professor, Montana State University

Jack Horner, the museum's retired 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 1986 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and in 2013, received the Romer-Simpson Medal, a lifetime achievement award for “sustained and outstanding scholarly excellence and service to the discipline of vertebrate paleontology.” He serves as the technical adviser for 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, at the May 21, 2016 Horner Family Day, Museum of the Rockies announced the creation of a $3 million endowed position, the John R. Horner Curator of Paleontology. 

Good luck Jack and best wishes to you on your retirement!

For more information about Horner's career, see his interview in the Spring 2016 issue of the Montana State University Magazine Mountains & Minds