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Biographical entry Burbidge, Nancy Tyson (1912 - 1977)


5 August 1912
Yorkshire, England
4 March 1977
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Nancy Tyson Burbidge was a systematic botanist and Curator of the Herbarium, CSIRO Division of Plant Industry, 1946-1973. She published Flora of the ACT with Max Gray and several other books on Australian plants. Founding member and twice president, National Parks Association of the ACT and prominent in lobbying for the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park. Commemorated by an altar-frontal, showing banksias and honey-eaters, in St Michael's Anglican Church, Mount Pleasant, Perth and by the Nancy T. Burbidge Memorial, an amphitheatre in the National Botanic Gardens, Canberra. The 'Nancy T. Burbidge medal' is presented annually by the Australian Systematic Botanists Society for outstanding contribution to taxonomic and systematic botanical work in Australia.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Western Australia
1939 - 1940
Career position - Worked on the taxonomy of Australian plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, UK
1940 - 1943
Career position - Field and herbarium work in Western Australia
1943 - 1946
Career position - Assistant Agronomist at Waite Agricultural Research Institute
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Western Australia
1946 - 1967
Career position - Systematic Botanist in the Division of Plant Industry at CSIRO
1946 - 1973
Career position - Curator of the Herbarium at the Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
Taxonomy event - Described Eucalyptus incrassata Labill. var. costata N. T. Burbidge
Career position - On secondment as Australian Botanical liaison officer at Kew herbarium in London
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Western Australia
1967 - 1973
Career position - Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Division of Plant Industry at CSIRO
1973 - 1977
Career position - Director of the Flora of Australia project
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

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Journal Articles

  • Burbidge, Nancy T., 'The phytogeography of the Australian region', Australian Journal of Botany, vol. 8, no. 2, 1960, pp. 75-212. Details
  • Burbridge, Nancy, 'Robert Brown's Australian Collecting Localities', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. lxxx, 1955, pp. 229-233. Details
  • George, Alex, 'Nancy Tyson Burbidge - a Centenary', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 152, 2013, pp. 2-3. Details

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