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Biographical entry Adams, Laurence (Laurie) George (1929 - 2014)

Born
1929
Luton, United Kingdom
Died
7 November 2014
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Botanist

Summary

Laurie Adams worked as mechanic and draftsman with the Royal Air Force and continued to work in this field after migrating to Australia. In 1962 he joined the staff of the CSIRO Division of Land Research and Regional Survey in the Mainland Survey Group (which later was incorporated into Australian National Herbarium). Here he worked on the identification of plant specimens for CSIRO staff across Australia and Papua New Guinea. He became adept at identification of specimens, especially in some of the large plant groups: Eucalyptus, Orchidaceae, Asteraceae and Cyperaceae. The family Gentianaceae was of particular interest to him. With other staff at the Herbarium he was involved in the development of the Herbarium's first computerised specimen database. Over 3,700 of his collections are in the Herbarium.

Details

Events

1952
Education - National Certificate of Mechanical Engineering, Luton College of Technology
1957
Career position - Member, Botanical Society of the British Isles
1960
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1962
Career position - Technical Assistant, CSIRO Division of Land Research and Regional Survey, Mainland Survey Group
1964
Education - Diploma of Plant Biology, Canberra College of Advanced Education
1976
Career Position - Technical Officer, Australian National Herbarium
1979
Taxonomy event - Micraria adamsii Lazarides named in his honour
1988
Career position - CSIRO Honorary Research Fellow, Australian National Herbarium
1988
Life event - Retired

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Nightingale, Maggie, 'The life and letters of Laurie (L. G.) Adams', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 164, 2015, pp. 31-7. Details

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