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Thomas Sam Elias

Thomas Sam Elias, American botanist, author. Recipient Cooley award, American Society Plant Taxonomists, 1970, Distinguished Alumni award, Southern Illinois University, 1989, Presidential Rank award, 2000, Writer's Artist and Photographer's award, Bonsai Clubs International, 2001.

Background

  • Elias, Thomas Sam was born on December 30, 1942 in Cairo.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Botany, Southern Illinois University, 1964. Master of Arts in Botany, Southern Illinois University, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy in Biology, St. Louis University, 1969.

      Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 2003.

    Career

    • Assistant curator Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1969-1971. Administrator, dendrologist Cary Arboretum, New York Botanical Garden, Millbrook, 1971-1973, assistant director, 1973-1984. Director, Chief Executive Officer Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, Claremont, California, 1984-1993.

      Chairman, professor department botany Claremont Graduate School, 1984-1993. Director United States National Arboretum, Washington, since 1993. Lecturer in extension Harvard University, 1971.

      Adjunct professor College Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York, 1977-1980. Coordinator The United States of America/The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Botanical Exchange, Program for United States Department of Interior, Washington, since 1976, United States of America/China Botanical Exchange, Program for United States Department of Interior, 1988-1994. Senior executive service United States Department of Agriculture, since 1993.

    Works

    Connections

    • Son of George Sam (deceased) and Anna (Clanton) E. (deceased). Married Barbara Ana Boyd (deceased). Children: Stephen, Brian.

      Married Hiromi Nakaoji, 2000.
    • father: George Sam Elias
    • spouses: Barbara Ana Boyd
    • Hiromi Nakaoji
    • children: Stephen Elias
    • Brian Elias
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    Born December 30, 1942
    (age 73)
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    • 1964
      Southern Illinois University
    • 1966
      Southern Illinois University
    • 1969
      St. Louis University
    • 2003
      Russian Academy Sciences
    • 1969 - 1971
      Assistant, curator Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1971 - 1973
      administrator
      Millbrook, New York, United States
    • 1984 - 1993
      director, Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden
      Claremont, Western Cape, South Africa
    • 1984 - 1993
      Chief Executive Officer, Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden
      Claremont, Western Cape, South Africa
    • 1984 - 1993
      chairman, department botany Claremont Graduate School
    • 1984 - 1993
      professor, department botany Claremont Graduate School
    • 1993
      director, United States National Arboretum
      Washington, United States
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