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botanist , educator , researcher , science historian

Robert William Kiger, American botanist, science historian, educator, researcher. Grantee National Science Foundation, 1971-1973, 78-80, 90; recipient Full Merit scholarship Montgomery Junior College, 1963-1964, Partial Merit scholarship Tulane University, 1964-1966, National Science Foundation Graduate traineeship University Maryland, 1970, Carroll E. Cox award University Maryland, 1972-1973.


Kiger, Robert William was born on October 4, 1940 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of William Joseph and Marian (Calvert) Kiger.


Associate of Arts with honors, Montgomery Junior College, 1964. Bachelor in Spanish with Social Sciences minor, Tulane University, 1966. Master of Arts in History, University Maryland, 1971.

Doctor of Philosophy in Botany, University Maryland, 1972.


Teacher, Poolesville Elementary School, Maryland., 1966-1967;graduate teaching assistant department history, U. Maryland., College Park, 1968-1969;graduate teaching assistant department botany, U. Maryland., College Park, 1969-1970;graduate research assistant department botany, U. Maryland., College Park, 1969-1970;associate editor, research botanist Flora North America Program, department botany Smithsonian Institute, Washington, 1972-1973;assistant director, senior research scientist, Hunt Institute Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon U., 1974-1977;director, principal research scientist, Hunt Institute Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon U., since 1977;research associate section botany, Carnegie Museum Natural History, Pittsburgh, since 1978. Adjunct scientist Pittsburgh Poison Center, Children's Hospital, since 1990. Adjunct Professor biological science department biological science Carnegie Mellon U., since 1984, history ofsci. department history Carnegie Mellon U., since 1979.

Member international committee International Congress Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, 1980-1990, assistant treasurer, 1980-1990, secretary-general, 1990-1996. Member of advisory committee, editorial committee Flora of North America Project, since 1983. Consultant Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois, 1980-1983, 87-88, 89, Carnegie Museum Natural History, Pittsburgh, 1984,European Science Foundation, Stasbourg, France, 1987, Commission Preservation and Access, Wye, Maryland., 1991, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1997.



Chairman Lawrence Memorial Award Committee, since 1979. Steering group Committee Organize a Flora of North America Project, 1982-1983. Secretary for North America Commission Taxonomic Database Plant Science IUBS, 1986-1989, working parties for development various standards, since 1986, program committee, 1987-1990, global plant species information group, since 1990.

Member of advisory committee computer databasing Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, 1988-1989, Rocky Mountain Flora Project, since 1993. Botanical information advisory workshop BIOSIS, Washington, 1990. Chairman judges for botany International Science and Engineering Fair, Pittsburgh, 1989.

With United States Marine Corps, 1960-1961, United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1960-1966. Fellow Linnean Society London. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Botanical Society American (secretary/treasurer history section 1979-1992, chairman archives and history committee 1985-1986), American Association Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, American Institute Biological Sciences, American Society.Plant Taxonomists, International Association Plant Taxonomy, International Society for History and Philosophy Science, Association Tropical Biology, Council Botanical and Horticultural Libraries, History Science Society, Society Economics Botany, Society Study Evolution, Society Systematic Biology, Torrey Botanical Club (associate editor since 1975), New England Botanical Club.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music, model aviation, bicycling, motorcycling, photography.


Married Suellen Montgomery, June 11, 1968. Children: David M., James R.

William Joseph Kiger

Marian (Calvert) Kiger

Suellen Montgomery

David M. Kiger

James R. Kiger