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Thomas Ellsworth Hemmerly

Thomas Ellsworth Hemmerly, American biology professor. Certified in secondary teaching State of Tennessee, 1955. Named Distinguished University Scientist, Tennessee Academy of Sciences, 2000; Fellowship, 1987. Member of Sigma Xi.


  • Hemmerly, Thomas Ellsworth was born on May 9, 1932 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Son of Francis Floyd Hemmerly and Jessie Mai Cashdollar.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Trevecca Nazarene College, Nasville, 1953. Master of Arts in Biology, George Peabody College Teachers, Nashville, 1955. Educational Specialist in Biology, Peabody College Teachers, Nashville, 1964.

      Doctor of Philosophy in General Biology- Plant Ecology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1976.


    • Research assistant George Hunter Laboratory Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University Medical School, 1959—1960. Assistant professor biology & chemistry Trevecca Nazarene College, 1960—1964. Assistant professor biology Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, 1964—1968, associate professor biology, 1968—1979, professor biology, since 1979.

    Major achievements

    • Certified in secondary teaching State of Tennessee, 1955.


    • Author: (book) Wildflowers of the Central South, Appalachian Wildflowers, Ozark Wildflowers. Co-author: Wildflowers of Tennessee, The Ohio Valley and Southern Appalachians. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Member of Sigma Xi.



    Travel, photography.


    • Married Beverly Martha Luckey, March 19, 1952. Children: Kathy Sue, Thomas Everett.
    • father: Francis Floyd Hemmerly
    • mother: Jessie Mai Cashdollar
    • spouse: Beverly Martha Luckey
    • children: Kathy Sue Hemmerly
    • Thomas Everett Hemmerly
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    • 1953
      Trevecca Nazarene College
    • 1955
      George Peabody College Teachers
    • 1964
      Peabody College Teachers
    • 1976
      Vanderbilt University
    • 1959 - 1960
      Research assistant, George Hunter Laboratory Infectious Diseases
    • 1960 - 1964
      assistant, professor biology & chemistry Trevecca Nazarene College
    • 1964 - 1968
      assistant, professor biology Middle Tennessee State University
      Murfreesboro, Arkansas, United States
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