HARRY JOHN GRIER was an accomplished reproductive morphologist, fisheries biologist, tropical fish farmer, and photographer. He was born on August 7, 1940 in New York City where he grew up. His early education was in the City's public school system, and he graduated in 1964 with a B.A. from Queens College (now part of the City University of New York). Harry's contacts in and interactions with the local aquarium trade drew him to the study of the viviparous poeciliid fishes, the guppies, mollies, swordtails, and relatives. He was also encouraged and guided by Donn E. Rosen, ichthyologist at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), for whom Harry worked as a research assistant from 1963 to 1964. There Harry experienced aspects of museum science firsthand, including the importance of comparative biology and the value of a large biological reference...

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