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Charles Edward Olmsted

botanist , educator.

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.


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.

Charles Edward Olmsted

Alice Mary (Johnson) Olmsted

Hazel Wiggers Wilcox

Charles Edward Olmsted

Joanna Belle Olmsted