December 1, 1874
October 27, 1956
|Citizenship||United States (naturalized)|
|Institutions||United States Forest Service|
|Alma mater||Cornell University|
|Known for||first attempt of a systematic inventory of the earth's forests; first complete map of native vegetation of United States; technical director, Prairie States Forestry Project; pioneered studies of the relation of forests to streams and flooding|
|Notable awards||Gifford Pinchot Medal|
Raphael Zon (December 1, 1874 - October 27, 1956) was a prominent U.S. Forest Service researcher.
Raphael Zon was born in Simbirsk, Russia in 1874. He fled Russia in 1896 while on bail following arrest for organizing a trade union. Zon and companion Anna Puziriskaya, whom he would later marry, fled to Belgium where he studied in Liége. He spent nine months in London before emigrating to the United States in 1898. Zon studied forestry at the New York State College of Forestry at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, earning a professional degree of Forest Engineer (F.E.) in the college's first graduating class in 1901. Upon graduation, he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service, where his career spanned 43 years as a forest researcher. A large stone memorial with plaque commemorating Zon stands at the Cutfoot Sioux Experimental Forest, near where his ashes were scattered.