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Biographical entry Gott, Margaret (Beth) (c. 1922 - )

c. 1922
Author, Botanist and Ethnobotanist


Beth Gott is a plant physiologist and ethnobotanist who is an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University. She taught at universities in the U.S.A. and Hong Kong before joining Monash University in the early 1980s. Her particular area of interest and expertise is the traditional significance and uses of indigenous Australian plants. Gott has written many papers on the use of indigenous plants in south-east Australia, and was the first to develop a comprehensive database of Aboriginal plant food knowledge. She planted her first Aboriginal plant garden on he Monash campus in 1985.



c. 1980
Career event - Began working for Monash University as a Botanist
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the biological sciences as an ethnobotanist specialising in the use of native plants by indigenous people

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Published resources

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  • Hooker, Claire, Irresistible Forces: Australian Women in Science (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2004), 215 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Gott, Beth, Russell, Lynette and Rhea, Zane Ma, 'The world and work of Beth Gott: an interview', Artefact, 35 (2012), 10-6. Details
  • Rhea, Zane Ma and Russell, Lynette, 'Introduction: understanding Koorie plant knowledge through the ethnobotanic lens. A tribute to Beth Gott', ARTEFACT, 35 (2012), 3-9. Details

Newspaper Articles



  • Joyce, E. Bernie and McCann, Douglas A., Burke and Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (2011)
    Gott, Beth, Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 150, (2012), 57-9. Details

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