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Plenary Address

Smocovitis, Vassiliki Betty [1].

The Lessons of History: A Historian Reflects on 100 Years of American Botany.

THIS is a historical presentation that offers highlights from the 100 (plus) years of the Botanical Society of America (BSA) that draws extensively on the archives of the BSA. In addition to examining the founding of the society and the attempt to "professionalize" botany in the late nineteenth century American context, the paper also explores the complex relations between the BSA and a number of related societies in the US, its struggle to create a coherent identity for itself, the place of botany as a whole in the context of the burgeoning biological sciences in the twentieth century, and its changing roles in the global theater. The paper assesses both the achievements and the challenges facing the BSA. It closes by offering some historical reflections on the status of "botany" as a science and the historical significance of terms like "plant biology" and "plant science."


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1 - University of Florida, Depts. Zoology and History, Gainesville, Florida, 32611, USA

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Presentation Type: Special Presentation
Session: TBA
Location: Auditorium/Laxson
Date: Sunday, July 30th, 2006
Time: 7:30 PM
Abstract ID:836


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