agassiz, alexander - Agassiz, alexander (1835-1910); agassiz, alexander - Swiss-American scientist. Only son of Jean Louis Agassiz, he was born at Neuchatel. Switzerland, where his father w a s professor, and went with him to America in 1849. Graduating at Harvard, 1855, he became its curator at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 1874-97. In the interval, as superintendent of copper mining south of Lake Superior, his knowledge of geology, chemistry, and engineering enabled him to develop the mines and to amass a fortune, which he devoted to zoological research. Specialising in marine zoology, he established a marine station on Rhode Island in 1875. His principal writings deal with coral formations.