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Biographical entry Sinkora, Doris Martha (1927 - 2017)

Born
14 June 1927
Düsseldorf, Germany
Died
31 December 2017
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Phycologist

Summary

Doris Sinkora was for 24 years a Technical Assistant at the National Herbarium of Victoria, a designation which does not reflect her expertise as a phycologist. Appointed to undertake general curation duties, she soon developed an interest in algae that saw her become curator of those collections. In addition to establishing an index of synonyms and types, she became adept at interpreting herbarium labels and uncovering documents in and connections with other herbaria. Her skill in this area was readily acknowledged the many phycologists with whom she corresponded. Vacations spent on the Victorian south coast near Walkerville resulted in over 2500 algal specimens being lodged in the Herbarium. Sinkora was the major contributor to the compilation of a bibliography of the publications of Ferdinand von Mueller. Her skills at transliterating and translating letters in 19th century scripts were of particular value for the Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller Project, an international enterprise of which she was an Editor. In retirement she continued to work on this Project, as well as breeding begonias, African violets, orchids and cacti. The algal genus Sinkoraena was named in her honour.

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Events

1968 - 1974
Career position - Technical Assistant, National Herbarium of Victoria
1974 - 1986
Career position - Technical Assistant Grade 1, National Herbarium of Victoria
1986 - 1992
Career position - Technical Assistant Grade 2, National Herbarium of Victoria
2000 - 2003
Career position - Honorary Research Associate, National Herbarium of Victoria

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Published resources

Book Sections

  • Sinkora, D. M., 'Mueller bibliography, [2nd ed.]', in Home, R. W., Lucas, A.M., Maroske, Sara, Sinkora, D.M. and Voigt, J.H. (eds), Regardfully yours: selected correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller, volume I: 1840-1859, Peter Lang, Bern, 1998, pp. 565-685. Details

Edited Books

  • Home, R. W., Lucas, A. M., Maroske, Sara, Sinkora, D. M., and Voigt, J. H. (eds), Regardfully Yours: Selected Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller, Volume 2, 1860-1875, vol. 2, Peter Lang, Bern, 2002, 865 pp. Details
  • Home, R. W., Lucas, A.M., Maroske, Sara, Sinkora, D.M. and Voigt, J.H. (eds), Regardfully Yours: Selected Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller, Volume 1, 1840-1859, vol. 1, Peter Lang Verlag, Berne, 1998, 850 pp. Details
  • Home, R. W., Lucas, A.M., Maroske, Sara, Sinkora, D.M., Voigt, J.H. and Wells, M. (eds), Regardfully Yours: Selected Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller, Volume 3, 1876-1896, vol. 3, Peter Lang, Bern, 2006, 909 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Churchill, D. M.; Muir, T. M.; Sinkora, D. M., 'The Published Works of Ferdinand J. H. Mueller (1825-1896)', Muelleria, vol. 4, no. 1, 1978, pp. 1-120. Details
  • Churchill, D. M.; Muir, T. M.; Sinkora, D. M., 'The Published Works of Ferdinand J. H. Mueller (1825-1896), Supplement', Muelleria, vol. 5, no. 4, 1984, pp. 229-248. Details
  • Parnell, John A. N., Womersley, H. Bryan S., Sinkora, Doris, Vaughan, Alison and Huisman, John M., 'W. H. Harvey's Australian Travelling Set of Algae in the Herbarium of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL), Australia', Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, vol. 110B, no. 2, 2010, pp. 119-61. Details
  • Short, P. S. and Sinkora, D. M., 'The Botanist Joachim Steetz (1804-1862)', Muelleria, vol. 6, 1988, pp. 449-494. Details
  • Voigt, Johannes H and Sinkora, Doris M., 'Ferdinand (von) Müller in Schleswig-Holstein, or The Making of a Scientist and of a Migrant', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 11, no. 1, 1996, pp. 13-33. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9961110013.htm. Details
  • Womersley, H. B. S. and Sinkora, D. M., 'Ferdinand Mueller's earliest Australian plant collections', Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 53, 1987, pp. 11-4. Details

Newspaper Articles

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