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Biographical entry Johnson, Robert William (Bob) (1930 - 2012)

Born
27 July 1930
Newmarket, Queensland, Australia
Died
13 August 2012
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Botanist

Summary

Bob Johnson was Director of the Queensland Herbarium from 1976 to 1990. After joining the staff of the Queensland Botany Branch (later the Herbarium) in 1953 where he embarked on an ecological survey of brigalow lands. He surveyed the brigalow scrub in all parts of Queensland and was instrumental in developing land management programs for control and the prevention of regrowth of brigalow. He continued to monitor a transect for 46 years. His taxonomic research covered a number of groups, particularly the family Convolvulaceae. Johnson played a major role in databasing the Queensland Herbarium's specimen records, one of the first herbaria in the world to do so. He was active in the wider scientific community, serving as office bearer for the Ecological Society of Queensland, the Royal Society of Queensland, the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies and other organisations. A number of species were named in his honour.

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1948
Career position - Cadet, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock
1953
Education - BSc, University of Queensland
1953 - 1962
Career position - Botanist, Botany Branch, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock
1962 - 1970
Career position - Officer-in-Charge, Brigalow Research Station, Queensland Department of Primary Industry
1974
Education - PhD, Utah State University
1974 - 1976
Career position - Assistant Director, Botany Branch and Queensland Herbarium, Queensland Department of Primary Industry
1976 - 1990
Career position - Director, Botany Branch and Queensland Herbarium, Queensland Department of Primary Industry
1981 - 1982
Career position - President, Royal Society of Queensland
1984 - 1990
Career position - Officer-in-Charge, Agricultural Research Laboratories, Queensland Department of Primary Industries
1985 - 1986
Career position - President, Ecological Society of Queensland
1986 - 1989
Career position - Board Member, Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies

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Archival resources

Queensland Herbarium

  • Robert W. Johnson - Records, 1976 - 1990; Queensland Herbarium. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Johnson, R. W., 'Everist, Selwyn Lawrence (1913-1981), Botanist', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 17, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2007, pp. 369-370. Details

Journal Articles

  • Guymer, Gordon and Simon, Bryan, 'Obituary of Robert William (Bob) Johnson 1930 - 2012', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, vol. 121, 2016, pp. 97-9. Details
  • Johnson, R. W., 'The Queensland flora and its collection 94:1-18', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, vol. 94, 1983, pp. 1-18. Details
  • Simon, Bryan, 'Retirement of Bob Johnson', Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 65, 1990, pp. 25-7. Details
  • Simon, Bryan and Guymer, Gordon, 'Robert William (Bob) Johnson (1930-2012)', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 154, 2013, pp. 21-7. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn