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Biographical entry Pedley, Leslie (Les) (1930 - 2018)

19 May 1930
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
27 November 2018
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Les Pedley was a taxonomic botanist who joined the Queensland Herbarium in 1848 as a cadet and retired in 1988 as Assistant Director. His principal research was in the Leguminosae, particularly Acacia. Pedley had an extensive knowledge of the Queensland flora, in part from numerous field surveys including for CSIRO in the 1960s. He published descriptions of over 180 new species, although his proposal that Australia's species of Acacia be referred to Racospermum did not meet with the agreement of the Australian botanical community. His collection of over 4,000 specimens is in the Queensland Herbarium. The genus Pedleya (Leguminosae) was named in his honour.



1948 - 1952
Career position - Cadet, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock
Education - BSc, University of Queensland
1953 - 1988
Career position - Assistant Botanist (Later Assistant Director), Queensland Herbarium
1971 - 1972
Career position - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
1977 - 1988
Career position - Editor, Austrobaileya
Education - BA, University of Queensland
1980 - 1988
Career position - Member, Editorial Committee, Flora of Australia
Life event - Retired

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  • L. Pedley - Records, 1950 - 1970; Queensland Herbarium. Details

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