North Central College - Naperville, IL

Paul Zahl

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1958

Paul Zahl was a naturalist and biologist. According to an article from the Naperville Clarion, dated March 9, 1939, Zahl explored Conan Doyle’s “lost world” on Mt. Roraima. His most important scientific discoveries included locating two waterfalls believed to be the highest in the world at the time. Later in life, Zahl was noted as the National Geographic Society’s Senior Scientist. He wrote many articles for the publication and authored three books, “To the Lost World,” “Flamingo Hunt,” and “Coro-Coro: The World of the Scarlet Ibis.” Zahl was also associated with the Haskin Laboratory.