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Biographical entry Burbidge, Nancy Tyson (1912 - 1977)

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Born
5 August 1912
Yorkshire, England
Died
4 March 1977
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Botanist

Summary

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.

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Events

1937
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
1945
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)
1947
Taxonomy event - Described Eucalyptus incrassata Labill. var. costata N. T. Burbidge
1953
Career position - On secondment as Australian Botanical liaison officer at Kew herbarium in London
1961
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
1976
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

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Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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Journal Articles

  • Burbidge, Andrew, 'Nancy Tyson Burbidge AM, DSc', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 171, 2017, pp. 9-11. Details
  • Burbidge, Nancy T., 'Robert Brown's Australian collecting localities', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. 80, 1956, pp. 229-33. Details
  • 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
  • Clarkson, John, 'The history of the Nancy Burbidge memorials', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 171, 2017, pp. 11-6. Details
  • Clarkson, John, 'Nancy Burbidge admitted into the Australian Women's Pioneer Hall of Fame', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 171, 2017, pp. 8-9. Details
  • George, Alex, 'Nancy Tyson Burbidge - a Centenary', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 152, 2013, pp. 2-3. Details

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