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Willis, James Hamlyn (1910 - 1995)

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Born: 28 January 1910  Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia.  Died: 10 November 1995.
James Hamlyn Willis is one of Australia's most renowned and beloved botanists and authors. He was taxanomic botanist at the National Herbarium within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, from 1937 to the end of his career in 1972. Willis received many honours including those from the Australian Institute of Horticulture, the Society for Growing Australian Plants, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the National Trust of Australia, and the Royal Society of Victoria's Research Medal. He was educated at the Victorian School of Forestry in Creswick (Dip.For.) and at the University of Melbourne (BSc, DSc).

Career Highlights

1930 - 1939Forests Commission Field Officer in Victoria
1939 - 1958Botanist at the National Herbarium in Victoria
1960Australian Natural History Medallion received
1961 - 1972Assistant Government Botanist at the National Herbarium
1962Wrote A Handbook to Plants in Victoria
1968Co-authored Australian Flora in Colour; Flowers and Plants of Victoria
1971 - 1972Acting Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens and the National Herbarium
1995Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

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Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J.
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 13 December 2006

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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