Asa Gray, Dean of American Botany
|Date(s)|| 04/21/2014 - 4:00 p.m.
|Location||Donahue Auditorium, Gordon Science Center|
|Presenter||David L. Moore, Ph.D., Asa Gray Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Biology, Utica College|
|Description|| Asa Gray, Dean of American Botany
Of humble origin, Asa Gray was born on a farm in Sauquoit, New York. Through his mentor John Torrey of New York City, Asa Gray began a botanical journey that would first introduce him to the foremost American botanists and, eventually, interaction with the greatest European botanists. Gray’s interest in phytogeography and the evolution of plants would influence Charles Darwin, with whom Gray maintained frequent correspondence, and help shape Darwin’s thoughts on evolution. Gray’s impact on plant exploration, classification and the popularization of botany would make him the most important American botanist of the nineteenth century.
The Asa Gray Seminar Series is sponsored by the Asa Gray Biological Society, and is the longest running seminar series at Utica College. Scientists are invited from throughout the region to present seminars on their ongoing research. All lectures are held in Donahue Auditorium, Gordon Science Center, at 4:00 p.m. An informal reception immediately follows. Call (315) 792-3028 for more information.
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