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    Corymbia ficifolia (F.Muell.) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson (1995), Red Flowering Gum, 23 January 2013
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Born
6 Aug 1948
Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
Died
4 August 2010
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Botanist

Summary

Kenneth Hill was a collector and classifier, a voracious reader and interested in plants from a young age. Briefly working as an exploration geologist in northern Australia and Sudan, in 1983 he commenced work at the National Herbarium of New South Wales, where he worked with Lawrie Johnson and Don Blaxell on the revision of the classification of eucalypts. Kenneth Hill published extensively on the systematics, ecology and biogeography of eucalypts, notably the bloodwoods (segregated as genus Corymbia), and cycads.

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From 1997 to 1998 he held the position of Australian Botanical Liaison Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London. After his return to Australia, he worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney until his retirement in 2004. Using his highly developed computing skills, Kenneth Hill developed several original and innovative electronic products for the benefit of staff at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and the botanical and general community. He was also involved in the identification, naming, description and subsequent research on the Wollemi Pine. In collaboration with L.A.S. Johnson, he has described many more eucalypts than listed here.

Events

1983 - 1986
Career position - Technical Officer, National Herbarium of New South Wales
1986 - 1997
Career position - Botanist, National Herbarium of New South Wales
1995
Taxonomy event - Corymbia ficifolia (F.Muell) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson
1997 - 1998
Career position - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London
1999 - 2004
Career position - Senior Research Scientist, National Herbarium of New South Wales

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Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Hill, Ken, and Osborne, Roy, Cycads of Australia, Kangaroo Press, East Roseville, New South Wales, 2001, 116 pp. Details
  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest Australia, 2010, 344 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Hill, K.D., 'A taxonomic revision of the White Mahoganies, Eucalyptus series Acmenoideae (Myrtaceae).', Telopea, vol. 8, 1999, pp. 219-247. Details
  • Hill, K.D. and Johnson, L.A.S, 'Systematic studies in the eucalypts 5. New taxa and combinations in Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae) in Western Australia.', Telopea, vol. 4, no. 4, 1992, pp. 561-634. Details
  • Hill, K.D. and Johnson, L.A.S, 'Systematic studies in the eucalypts 6. A revision of the coolibahs, Eucalyptus subgenus Symphyomyrtus section Adnataria series Oliganthae subseries Microthecosae (Myrtaceae).', Telopea, vol. 5, no. 4, 1994, pp. 743-771. Details
  • Hill, K.D. and Johnson, L.A.S, 'Systematic studies in the eucalypts 8. A review of the Eudesmioid eucalypts, Eucalyptus subgenus Eudesmia. Telopea', Telopea, vol. 7, no. 4, 1998, pp. 375-414. Details
  • Hill, K.D. and Johnson, L.A.S, 'Systematic studies in the eucalypts 9. A review of series Sociales (Eucalyptus subgenus Symphyomyrtus, Section Bisectaria, Myrtaceae).', Telopea, vol. 8, no. 2, 1999, pp. 165-218. Details
  • Hill, K.D. and Johnson, L.A.S., 'Systematic studies in the eucalypts 4. New taxa in Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae).', Telopea, vol. 4, no. 2, 1991, pp. 321-349. Details
  • Hill, K.D. and Johnson, L.A.S., 'Systematic studies in the eucalypts 3. New taxa and combinations in Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae).', Telopea, vol. 4, no. 2, 1991, pp. 223-267. Details
  • Hill, K.D. and Johnson, Lawrence A.S., 'Systematic studies in the eucalypts 7. A revision of the bloodwoods, genus Corymbia (Myrtaceae)', vol. 6, no. 2-3, 1995, pp. 185-504. Details
  • Hill, K.D., and Johnson, L.A.S., 'Systematic studies in the eucalypts 10. New tropical and subtropical eucalypts from Australia and New Guinea (Eucalyptus, Myrtaceae)', Telopea, vol. 8, no. 4, 2000, pp. 503-540. Details
  • Hill, K.D., Johnson, L. A.S. and Blaxell, D.F., 'Systematic studies in the eucalypts 11. New taxa and combinations in Eucalyptus Section Dumaria (Myrtaceae)', Telopea, vol. 9, no. 2, 2001, pp. 259-318. Details
  • Johnson, L.A.S. and Hill, K.D., 'Systematic studies in the eucalypts 2. A revision of the gimlets and related species: Eucalyptus extracodical series Salubres and Annulatae (Myrtaceae).', Telopea, vol. 4, no. 4, 1991, pp. 201-222. Details
  • Jones, W.G., Hill, K.D. and Allen, J.M., 'Wollemia nobilis, a new living Australian genus and species in the Araucariaceae.', Telopea, vol. 6, no. 2-3, 1995, pp. 173-176. Details
  • Stanberg, Leonie, 'Ken Hill, 6 August 1948-4 August 2010', Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 144/5, 2010, pp. 23-6. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • 'List of eucalypts published under this authority use author abbreviation search 'K.D.Hill and family 'Myrtaceae'', Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), Australian National Botanic Gardens, 2012, http://www.anbg.gov.au/cgi-bin/apni. Details

Digital resources

Title
Corymbia citriodora (Hook.) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson (1995), Lemon-scented Gum, detail of bark
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Details

Title
Corymbia citriodora (Hook.) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson (1995), Lemon-scented Gum
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Details

Title
Corymbia ficifolia (F.Muell.) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson (1995), Red Flowering Gum, detail of leaves
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Details

Title
Corymbia ficifolia (F.Muell.) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson (1995), Red Flowering Gum, detail of flowers
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Details

Title
Corymbia ficifolia (F.Muell.) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson (1995), Red Flowering Gum
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Details

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