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Charles Edward Olmsted

Charles Edward Olmsted, American botanist, educator.


  • Olmsted, Charles Edward was born on April 23, 1908 in Holyoke, Colorado, United States. Son of Charles Edward and Alice Mary (Johnson) Olmsted.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Nebraska, 1929. Master of Sciences, University Oklahoma, 1931. Doctor of Philosophy., Yale, 1936.

      Student of University Chicago, 1933-1934.


    • Instructor botany University of Chicago, 1934-1941, assistant professor, 1941-1945, associate professor, 1945-1948, professor 1948-1968, department chairman botany, 1953-1968, professor biology, 1968-1973, emeritus, 1973-1976. Instructor botany U. Wyoming Summer Science Camp, summer 1941, 59. Visiting professor botany University of Southern California, summer 1951, U. Auckland (New Zealand), summer 1968.


    • Editor: Ecology, 1942-1946, Botanical Gazette, 1946-1959, 65-68.


    Member of the board Natural Resources and Conservation, State of Illinois, from 1962. Member advisory panel for environmental biology National Science Foundation, 1960-1963. Member advising committee natural science National Park Service, from 1965.

    Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (member of commission on science education 1962-1965, vice-president and chairman of the section G botanical science 1966). Member Illinois Academy Sciences, Botanical Society American, Ecological Society American (president 1959-1960), American Society Naturalists, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Sigma, Gamma Alpha. Club: Quadrangle (Chicago.


    • Married Hazel Wiggers Wilcox, June 27, 1937. Children: Charles Edward, Joanna Belle.
    • father: Charles Edward Olmsted
    • mother: Alice Mary (Johnson) Olmsted
    • spouse: Hazel Wiggers Wilcox
    • children: Charles Edward Olmsted
    • Joanna Belle Olmsted
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    Born April 23, 1908
    Died November 20, 1976
    (aged 68)