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Biographical entry Brown, Elizabeth (1956 - 2013)

15 November 1956
Auckland, New Zealand
17 November 2013
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Elizabeth Brown was one of Australia's leading bryologists, specialising in liverworts. After completing her PhD at the University of Auckland she took up a Research Fellowship at the National Herbarium of New South Wales. In 1993 she was appointed to the permanent staff of the Herbarium with responsibility for bryophytes and involvement in writing flora treatments of Asteraceae and Epacridaceae. Brown collected widely in Australia, Lord Howe Island, New Caledonia, Fiji, New Zealand, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. Her collections are in the National Herbarium of New South Wales. Several species have been named in her honour.



Education - MSc, University of Auckland
Education - PhD, University of Auckland
Career position - Research Fellowship, National Herbarium of New South Wales
1993 - 1999
Career position - Science Officer, National Herbarium of New South Wales
1999 - 2001
Career position - Treasurer, Australian Systematic Botany Society
2000 - 2013
Career position - Systematic Bryologist, National Herbarium of New South Wales
2006 - 2012
Career position - Editor, Telopea

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  • Duretto, Marco, 'Dr Elizabeth Brown 15th November 1956 - 17th November 2013', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 158 (2014), 21. Details
  • Murray, Louisa J. and Conn, Barry J., 'Elizabeth Anne Brown 15 November 1956-17 November 2013', Telopea, 17 (2014), 1-10. Details
  • Pócs, Tamás, 'Elizabeth A. Brown, a Splendid Tour Guide, Friendly Companion and Excellent Collector', Telopea, 17 (2014), 93-7. Details
  • Renner, Matt, Ramsay, Helen, West, Carol, Braggins, John, Downing, Alison, Downing, Kevin, de Lange, Peter and Cairns, Andi, 'Tributes to Dr Elizabeth Brown', Australasian Bryological Newsletter, 64 (2014), 2-16. Details


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