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Botany / Plant Biology Research Guide: Biographies

This is a general guide to finding information on plants, including floras, taxonomy, identification keys, habitat and growing needs.

Biographies of Plant Scientists

This is compililation of biographical information on agriculturalists, botanists, plant collectors, gardeners, botanical illustrators, and so forth.  This list is by no means complete, but it will help you begin your research.

Bailey, L. H. Cyclopedia of American Agriculture; A Popular Survey of Agricultural Conditions, Practices and Ideals in the United States and Canada. New York: Macmillan Co, 1907. [Available online]
S493 .B2 vol. 1-4 [vol. 4 contains an extensive biography section, including that of A. A. Abbot]

Barnhart, John Hendley. Biographical Notes Upon Botanists. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1965.
QK26 .B3 vol. 1-3 - MSU Oversized collection

Britten, James, George Simonds Boulger, and A. B. Rendle. A Biographical Index of Deceased British and Irish Botanists, 2d ed., rev. and completed by A.B. Rendle. London: Taylor and Francis, 1931.
Z5358.G7 B8 1931  

Bush-Brown, Louise. Men with Green Pens; Lives of the Great Writers on Plants in Early Times. Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1964.
QK26 .B8

Dies, Edward Jerome. Titans of the Soil; Great Builders of Agriculture. Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1949.
S415 .D5

Donaldson, John. Agricultural Biography: Containing a Notice of the Life and Writings of the British Authors on Agriculture from the Earliest Date in 1480 to the Present Time. London: Printed for the author, 1854.
Z5075 .G8 D7

Dodge, Bertha S. It Started in Eden: How the Plant-Hunters and the Plants They Found Changed the Course of History. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979.
SB107 .D62

Getman, Arthur Kendall, and R. W. Gregory. Contributions of Leading Americans to Agriculture. Des Moines, Ia: Meredith Pub. Co, 1940.
S415 .G49

Gribbin, Mary, and John R. Gribbin. Flower Hunters. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
QK26 .G75 2008

Hadfield, Miles. Pioneers in Gardening. London: Routledge & Paul, 1955.
SB451. H3

Hawks, Ellison, and George Simonds Boulger. Pioneers of Plant Study. Freeport N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press, 1969.
QK26 .H35 1969

Healey, Ben. The Plant Hunters. New York: Scribner, 1975.
QK26 .H37

Isely, Duane. One Hundred and One Botanists. Ames: Iowa State University, 1994.
QK26 .I75 1994

Ivins, Lester S., and Albert E. Winship. Fifty Famous Farmers. New York: Macmillan Co, 1924.  [Availiable online]
S415 .I8

Kramer, Jack, and Linda Sunshine. Women of Flowers: A Tribute to Victorian Women Illustrators. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1996.
MSU FINE ARTS--ART REF - QK98.18 .K73 1996

Lyte, Charles. The Plant Hunters. London: Orbis Pub, 1983.
QK26 .L98 1983

McDonald, Donald. Agricultural writers [electronic resource]: from Sir Walter of Henley to Arthur Young, 1200-1800: reproductions in facsimile and extracts from their actual writings, enlarged and revised from articles which have appeared in "The Field," from 1903 to 1907: To which is added an exhaustive bibliography. London : H. Cox, 1908.

Nilsson, Karen. A Wild Flower by Any Other Name: Sketches of Pioneer Naturalists Who Named Our Western Plants. Yosemite National Park, CA: Yosemite Assoc., 1994.
QK26 .N67 1994

Pulteney, Richard. Historical and Biographical Sketches of the Progress of Botany in England: From Its Origin to the Introduction of the Linnaean System. London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1790.

Tyler-Whittle, Michael Sidney. The Plant Hunters, Being an Examination of Collecting, with an Account of the Careers & the Methods of a Number of Those Who Have Searched the World for Wild Plants. Philadelphia: Chilton Book Co, 1970.
QK61 .T8

Voss, Edward G. Botanical Beachcombers and Explorers: Pioneers of the 19th Century in the Upper Great Lakes. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Herbarium, 1978.
Series: Contributions from the University of Michigan Herbarium ; v. 13.
QK77 .M3 v.13  v.13

Ward, Bobby J. The Plant Hunter's Garden: The New Explorers and Their Discoveries. Portland: Timber Press, 2004.
SB454 .W248 2004

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