Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Harper, Roland McMillan (United States
Photo courtesy of the Torrey Botanical Society. |Roland Harper was born in Maine but spent practically
his entire professional life in the South, where his work embraced studies
in plant geography, forestry, systematics, human demography, and economic
botany. Harper's extensive field work for a number of different employers
resulted in the discovery of over two dozen new species of flowering plants.
An industrious and focused man, his published works exceeded five hundred
--born in Farmington, Maine, on 11 August 1878.
--1897: B.E., University of Georgia
--1901-1902: aide, U. S. National Herbarium
--1903-1904: forester for the Georgia Geological
--1905: Ph.D. in botany, Columbia University
--1905-1966: botanist and geographer for the
Alabama Geological Survey
--1908-1931: botanist and geographer for the
Florida State Geological Survey
--1913: publishes his Economic Botany of
Alabama, in two parts
--1917-1918: assistant in farm management, U.
S. Department of Agriculture
--1925: heads the Florida state census
--1927: forester for the Alabama Commission
--1928-1929: research professor of economics,
University of Georgia
--1929: honorary Sc.D., University of Georgia
--1943: publishes his Forests of Alabama
--dies at Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on 30 April
of the Torrey Botanical Club, Vol. 95(4) (1968): 391-396.
--Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, Vol. 38 (1967):
--Pioneer America, Vol. 10(2) (1978): 36-50.
--On Harper's Trail: Roland McMillan Harper, Pioneering Botanist of
the Southern Coastal Plain (2008).
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