Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Bray, William L. (United States 1865-1953)
Photo courtesy of the Torrey Botanical Society. |William Bray's life was a fairly typical one for a
successful academician; after teaching in high schools in Iowa and Missouri
for several years he proceeded through an academic program in botany and
forestry, receiving his Ph.D. in 1898. He then rapidly rose through the
ranks at the University of Texas over a ten year period, and moved on
to Syracuse University, where for many years he was both head of the botany
department and dean of the graduate school. Meanwhile, he pursued a course
of research in the areas of phytogeography, forest resources in Texas
and New York, plant adaptive strategies, pest species, and plant ecology.|
--born in Burnside, Illinois, on 19 September 1865.
--1889-1891: takes courses at Cornell University
--1893: A.B., Indiana University
--1894: M.A., Lake Forest University
--1896-1897: studies with Adolf Engler in Germany
--1897-1907: teaches at the University of Texas;
rises to rank of full professor
--1898: Ph.D., University of Chicago
--1904: publishes his Forest
Resources of Texas
--1904: wins a Grand Prix for a tree specimens
exhibit at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis
--1907: made head of the botany department,
--1911: organizes the Agricultural Division
--1915: publishes his The Development of
the Vegetation of New York State
--1918-1943: dean of the graduate school,
--1932: retires as head of the botany department,
--dies at Syracuse, New York, on 25 May 1953.
--New Handbook of Texas, Vol. 1 (1996).
--Who Was Who in America, Vol. 3 (1960).
of the Torrey Botanical Club,
Vol. 82(4) (1955): 298-300.
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