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botanist , consultant , author

James Alan Duke, American botanist, author, consultant. Recipient Cooley award, University North Carolina, 1963, Cutty Sark Science award, 1981; Carnegie fellow, 1953.


Duke, James Alan was born on April 4, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Son of Robert Edwin and Martha (Truss) Duke.


Bachelor in Botany, University North Carolina, 1952. Master of Arts, University North Carolina, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, University North Carolina, 1960.


Assistant curator Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, 1961—1963. Ecologist Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio, 1966—1971. With United States Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Maryland, 1963—1965, since 1971, chief, plant taxonomy laboratory, 1972—1977, chief, medicinal plant resources laboratory, 1977—1978, chief, economic botany laboratory, 1978—1983, chief, germplasm resources laboratory, since 1983.

Consultant in field.



The state should not attempt to control the church, nor should the church seek to dominate the state. The separation of church and state should not be misconstrued as the abolition of all religious expression from public life.


Every individual should try to be open to others and willing to be changed. Therefore, community members should meet regularly in order to open their hearts. Share their knowledge, thoughts and experience.


Collaborator Smithsonian Institution, since 1971. Member of Washington Academy of Sciences, Herb Research Foundation, Society Conservation Biology, Oriental Healing Arts Society, American Botanical Council (board directors), Council Agricultural Science and Technology (life), Tri-State Bluegrass Association (life), American Herb Association (life), American Society Pharmacognosy (life), International Weed Science Society (life), Society Economic Botany (life), International Association Plant Taxonomists (life), Association Tropical Biology (life), Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Music; foraging; hiking.


Married Carolyn Jean Saylor, 1948 (deceased 1952). Married Peggy Ann Wetmore Kessler. Children: John Carl, Celia Gayle.

Robert Edwin Duke

Martha (Truss) Duke

Peggy Ann Wetmore Kessler

Carolyn Jean Saylor

John Carl Duke

Celia Gayle Duke