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Biographical entry Tate, Ralph (1840 - 1901)

Born
11 March 1840
Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Died
20 September 1901
North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Geologist, Botanist and Entomologist

Summary

Ralph Tate was the first Elder Chair of Natural Science at the University of Adelaide (1875-1901) and published widely on geology, zoology and botany. His book titled the Handbook of the Flora of Extratropical South Australia was the first of its kind and a crucial resource for future botanical studies in South Australia. Tate was a member of many national and international scientific bodies and his reputation helped persuade the South Australian Government to appoint a Government Geologist. He described numerous species, and is commemorated in species in several genera.

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Events

1864 - c. 1867
Career position - Assistant Curator at the museum of the Geological Society of London
1867 - 1868
Career position - Mining Prospector in central America and Venezuela
1875 -
Career position - Inaugural Elder Chair of Natural Science at the University of Adelaide
1877
Career position - Founder of the colony's first continuing scientific journal, which later became the Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of South Australia
1880
Career position - Converted the Adelaide Philosophical Society into the Royal Society of South Australia
1893
Award - Clarke Memorial Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
1893
Career position - President of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science
1894
Career position - Key member of the W. Horn expedition to the Finke River region
1934
Taxonomy event - Description of Eucalyptus intertexta R. T. Bak. Var. diminuta Blakely (1934), of which Tate had collected the syntype
1937
Taxonomy event - Description of Eucalyptus oxymitra Blakely (1937), of which Tate had collected the syntype

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Ralph Tate - Records, 1863 - 1965, MS 049; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide

  • Ferdinand Jakob Heinrich von Mueller - Records, 1880 - 1890, O9 M9; Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide. Details
  • Ralph Tate - Records, 1889 - 1894, MSS 0016; Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide. Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Ralph Tate - Records, 1856 - 1941, ML MSS 161; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Herbarium, Melbourne

  • Ralph Tate - Records, 1884 - 1892, MSS M20; National Herbarium, Melbourne. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Musgrave, A., Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales., Sydney, 1932, 380 pp. Details
  • Musgrave, A., Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales., Sydney, 1932, 380 pp. Details
  • Tate, Ralph, Handbook of the Flora of Extratropical South Australia, Education Department, Adelaide, 1890, 303 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Alderman, A. R., 'The Development of Geology in South Australia: a personal view', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 1, no. 2, 1967, pp. 30-52. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9670120030.htm. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'A Century of Botanical Endeavor in South Australia', Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, vol. xi, 1907, pp. 158-199. Details
  • Tate, Ralph, 'History of the Early Years of the Royal Society of South Australia. Presidential Address.', Proceedings of the Royal Society of South Australia, vol. 111, 1879, pp. xxxix-xliv. Details
  • Tate, Ralph, 'A Century of Geological Progress. Presidential Address', Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, vol. 5, 1893, pp. 1-69. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • 'See the list of genera species in named by this author, using author abbreviation 'Tate'', Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), Australian National Botanic Gardens, 2012, http://www.anbg.gov.au/cgi-bin/apni. Details
  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978, 101 pp. Details
  • Tate, Ralph (England-Australia 1840-1901), Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists: Chrono-Biographical Sketches, http://www.wku.edu/%7Esmithch/chronob/TATE1840.htm. Details

McCarthy, G.J., Moje, C. & Walsh, N.