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Biographical entry Curtis, Winifred (1905 - 2005)

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Born
15 June 1905
London, England
Died
14 October 2005
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation
Author, Botanist, Educator and Plant taxonomist

Summary

Winifred Curtis was an influential botanist, educator and author. She took up a position at the University of Tasmania in 1940 and subsequently was involved in establishing the Department of Botany there (1945). She lectured in Botany there until her retirement in 1966. Her frustration with the directive to instruct Australian students using British educational texts led her to write, in collaboration with botanist Dennis Ivor Morris, The Students' Flora of Tasmania(1943). She is known, too, for authoring The Endemic Flora of Tasmania with illustrator Margaret Stones between 1967 and 1978. Curtis also conducted influential research in plant embryology and cytology. Several plants have been named in her honour, including the genus Winfredia which is endemic to Tasmania.

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1927
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at University College in London
1931 - 1932
Career position - Biology Teacher at Levenshulme High School in Manchester
1933 - 1939
Career position - Biology Teacher at South Hampstead High School
1939
Life event - Settled in Australia
1939
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at University College, London
1943 - 1945
Career position - Assistant Lecturer in Botany at the University of Tasmania
1945 - 1951
Career position - Lecturer in Botany at the University of Tasmania
1950
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at University College, London
1951 - 1956
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Botany at the University of Tasmania
1956 - 1966
Career position - Reader in Botany at the University of Tasmania
1966
Award - Clive Lord memorial Medal, Royal Society of Tasmania
1966
Life event - Retired
1968
Education - Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) received from University College, London
1976
Award - Recipient of the Australian Natural History Medallion
1977
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
1987
Award - Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Tasmania
1988
Award - Recipient of the Australian Plants Award
1994
Award - Mueller Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1997
Award - Named Hobart Citizen of the Year

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  • Hooker, Claire, Irresistible Forces: Australian Women in Science (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2004), 215 pp. Details

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