Robert McCracken Peck

Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts and a senior fellow at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, is a naturalist, writer, and historian. Peck’s earlier articles for Natural History have profiled the renowned ornithologist Alexander Skutch and the paleoartist Charles R. Knight. When not at the Academy’s museum, he can be found accompanying Academy research trips. His favorite destination to date: Mongolia, about which he wrote a story for Natural History in 1998.

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