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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913)

The University of Reading Herbarium hosts a fascinating historic collection of ferns amassed by the energetic and well connected Katherine Murray Lyell, wife of Henry Lyell, but also sister-in-law to Sir Charles Lyell (who was married to Katherine’s sister Mary).

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Brief notes on some Percival Wheats

The University of Reading Herbarium houses a collection of wheat samples collected by John Percival.  Some of those samples are archaeological and these are housed in plastic boxes in metal drawers in the main herbarium.  To help scholars who wish … Continue reading

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Mrs Katherine Murray Lyell at RNG

Mrs Katherine Murray Lyell (1817-1915) was a British pteridologist.  Born Katherine Horner in 1817 she later married Henry Lyell, brother of Sir Charles Lyell, the president of the Geological Society (who married Katherine’s sister Mary Horner). Katherine Murray Lyell was … Continue reading

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Watson-Praeger vice-counties now on Wikidata

In the UK much botanical recording was based around Watsonian Vice Counties starting in the south west with VC1 – West Cornwall with Scilly and ending with VC112 – Shetland.  The equivalent in Ireland are those of Praeger – each … Continue reading

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Odoardo Beccari – RNG Herbarium – Collectors

Beccari, Odoardo Dates: (1834-1920) Abbreviation: Becc. A florentine orphan who attended school in near by Lucca with the Abbot, Ignazio Mezzetti, a keen natural historian as his mentor. Whilst still a student at The University of Pisa, he became the … Continue reading

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M. & R. Barrett – RNG Herbarium – Collectors

Barrett, M. & R. Abord R.V. Hero sent by US National Science Foundation to S. Chile, principally to study whales and dolphins (Goodall, unpub.) 28.xi.-9.xii.1986; Isla Desolacion-Pto Angosto. Isla Capitan Aracena-Bahia Morris. Isla London. Isla Stewart-Pto Fanny. Isla Navarino-Wulaia, Bahia … Continue reading

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Dawud Mohammad Hasan Al-Eisawi – RNG Herbarium – Collectors

Al-Eisawi, Dawud Mohammad Hasan Dates: (01/11/1956– ) Abbreviation: Al-Eisawi Selected references: Man and Mountain ’94. 20-24, August 1994. Ponte di Legno (BS) Italy. Forest and Man Impact in Jordan. “Plant Genetic Resources Workshop”. Amman, 2-4 August 1994. Flora of Jordan: … Continue reading

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John Robert Akeroyd – RNG Herbarium – collectors

AKEROYD, John Robert Dates: (1952 – ) Abbreviation: Akeroyd Dr. John Akeroyd held a series of post-doctoral Fellowships at The University of Reading between 1981 and 1989. His main research in the herbarium at Reading was to revise volume 1 … Continue reading

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Humphry John Moule Bowen – RNG Herbarium – Collectors

Bowen, Humphry John Moule Dates: (22/06/1929–09/08/2001) Humphry Bowen, distinguished chemist and naturalist, died unexpectedly in Dorset, aged 72, on the 9 August 2001. He was a true polymath, a dynamic person, exuding enthusiasm. His Flora of Berkshire (1968) is the … Continue reading

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