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Biographical entry Foreman, Donald Bruce (Don) (1945 - 2004)

27 May 1945
Trangie, New South Wales, Australia
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Systematic botanist


Don Foreman was a taxonomic botanist whose research centred on the families Monimiaceae, Atherospermataceae, Proteaceae and Winteraceae. After seven years working at the Lae Herbarium on Papua New Guinea and at the Botany Department at the University of New England, he joined the staff of the National Herbarium of Victoria. Alongside his taxonomic research Foreman undertook several major projects for the Herbarium. He was a driving force and the initial Editor of the Flora of Victoria project, the first comprehensive publication on the plants of Victoria for over 60 years. As Collections Manager he was responsible for introducing a program for the electronic recording of specimen data before the notion of an Australia-wide database was mooted. Many of Foreman's publications were on genera of Proteaceae for the Flora of Australia and the Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea. Foreman moved to Canberra to become an editor of the Flora of Australia, after which he established a landscaping business with his wife and became involved in the scientific work of the Geelong Botanic Gardens.



Education - BSc, University of New England
1969 - 1975
Career position - Forest Botanist, Lae Herbarium, Papua New Guinea Forest Botanist, Lae Herbarium, Papua New Guinea
1975 - 1984
Career position - Tutor (later Lecturer), Botany Department, University of New England
1984 - 1997
Career position - Botanist, National Herbarium of Victoria
Education - PhD, University of New England
1986 - 1991
Career position - Treasurer, Australian Systematic Botany Society
1986 - 1994
Career position - Senior Botanist, National Herbarium of Victoria
1989 - 1996
Career position - Editor Muelleria
1994 - 1998
Career position - Collections Manager, National Herbarium of Victoria
1996 - 1997
Career position - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
1998 - 1999
Career position - Editor, Flora of Australia

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Edited Books

  • Foreman, D.B., and Walsh, N.G. eds, Flora of Victoria. Volume 1 - Introduction, vol. 1 of 4 (Melbourne: Inkata Press, 1993), 320 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Barker, Robyn and Barker, Bill, 'Activities at the Lae Herbarium in Don Foreman's time', Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 119 (2004), 16-8. Details
  • Conn, Barry J., 'Donald Bruce Foreman in Papua New Guinea (1969 - 1975)', Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 119 (2004), 12-5. Details
  • Walsh, Neville, 'Vale Don Foreman 1945 - 2004', Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 119 (2004), 7-11. Details


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