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Biographical entry George, Alexander S. (1939 - )

AM

Born
4 April 1939
Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Botanist and Taxonomist

Summary

Alexander George was a member of staff of the Western Australian Herbarium from 1959-1981, and from 1981-1993 was founder and Executive Editor of the Flora of Australia. His research interests include (among others) the plant family Myrtacae (Myrtle family), which includes the genera Eucalyptus, Corymbia and Angophora. His main herbarium of more than 17000 specimen is in the Western Australian Herbarium in Perth. Alexander George received an Order of Australia (AM) on 11 June 2012 for services to conservation and the environment as a botanist, historian and author, particularly in the area of Australian flora.

Details

Alexander George was a member of the Australasian Systemic Botany Society and the Western Australia Wildflower Society. He was also a life member of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy.

Events

1967 - 1969
Career event - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
1981 - 1993
Career event - Inaugural and Executive Editor, Flora of Australia Project
1991 - 1997
Career event - Council Secretary, International Organisation for Plant Information
1993 - 2009
Career event - Honorary Research Associate, Western Australian Herbarium
1994 -
Career position - Adjunct Associate Professor, Murdoch University
1996 - 1998
Career event - Junior Vice-President, Royal Society of Western Australia
1998 - 2000
Career event - Senior Vice-President, Royal Society of Western Australia
1999 -
Career event - Member of Steering Committee, Species Plantarum: Flora of the World project
2000 - 2001
Career event - President, Royal Society of Western Australia
2003 -
Career event - Committee Member, Kew Guild Council
2004 - 2005
Career event - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
2010 - 2012
Career event - President, Kew Guild Council
2012
Award - Order of Australia (AM)

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Published resources

Books

  • George, Alex S., A Banksia Album: Two Hundred Years of Botanical Art, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2012, 132 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • George, A.S., McCusker, A., & Orchard, A.E., 'A History of Systematic Botany in Australia', in Orchard, Anthony E. & Thompson, Helen E. (ed.), Flora of Australia, Volume 1: Introduction, 2nd edn, ABRS & CSIRO Publishing, 1999. Details

Conference Papers

  • George, A.S., 'History is Now', in Short, P.S. (ed.), History of Systematic Botany in Australasia: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the University of Melbourne, 25-27 May 1988, Australian Systematic Botany Society, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 317-318. Details

Edited Books

  • [various] (ed.), Flora of Australia, [various], 1981. Founding executive editor 1981 - 1993. Details

Journal Articles

  • George, A. S., 'The plants seen and collected in north-western Australia by William Dampier', Western Australian Naturalist, vol. 11, 1971, pp. 173-8. Details
  • George, Alex, 'Another example of illustrating an unillustrated work: Bentham's Flora australiensis', Archives of Natural History, vol. 33, no. 2, 2006, pp. 351-3. Details
  • George, Alex, 'Alison McCusker and the Flora of Australia', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 165, 2015, pp. 62-4. Details
  • George, Alex S., 'Australian Type Material in the Economic Botany Collection, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew', Muelleria, vol. 28, no. 2, 2010, pp. 163-71. Details
  • George, Alex S., 'Eucalyptus Cigars, Ferdinand Mueller and Prosper Vincent Ramel', Archives of Natural History, vol. 39, 2012, pp. 347-9. Details

Reviews

  • George, Alex, 'The big book on the Bauers', review of Lack, Hans Walter, The Bauers Joseph, Franz and Ferdinand: an illustrated history (2015), Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 167, 2016, pp. 38-47. Details
  • George, Alex, 'Standing on shoulders', review of Barry, Bernice, Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines (2016), Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 167, 2016, pp. 51-6. Details

Online Resources

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