Tom Harris (botanist)

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Professor Thomas Maxwell Harris FRS [1] (8 January 1903 – 1 May 1983) [2] was an English paleobotanist.


Education and career

He was educated at Bootham School, York, [3] Wyggeston School, Leicester, and University College, Nottingham, before continuing to complete his doctorate at Christ's College, Cambridge. [2]

Tom Harris was a Palaeobotanist on East Greenland Geological Survey, 1926-27. [4] He became a professor at the University of Reading in 1934, [5] working in the botany department with Theodora Lisle Prankerd and Terrance Ingold. [1] He was Head of the Department of Botany. [6] At Reading he supervised William Chaloner and Winifred Pennington, both later professors of botany. [6] The Harris Garden, located on the University of Reading's Whiteknights Campus, was named after him. [7]

Harris was a Fellow of the Royal Society. [1] He served as president of the Linnean Society of London from 1961 to 1964.


Partial bibliography

The standard author abbreviation T.M.Harris. is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name. [8]

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  1. 1 2 3 Chaloner, W. G. (1985). "Thomas Maxwell Harris. 8 January 1903 – 1 May 1983". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society . 31: 228–260. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1985.0009. S2CID   72170558.
  2. 1 2 HARRIS, Thomas Maxwell, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
  3. Bootham School Register. York, England: Bootham Old Scholars Association. 2011.
  4. Desmond, Ray (1977). Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists. Taylor & Francis. ISBN   9780850660890.
  5. Chaloner, W. G. (1985). "Thomas Maxwell Harris. 8 January 1903 – 1 May 1983". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 31: 229–260. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1985.0009. ISSN   0080-4606. JSTOR   769926. S2CID   72170558.
  6. 1 2 J. B. Riding (interviewer), Interview with Professor William G. (Bill) Chaloner Archived 21 February 2006 at the Wayback Machine , at University College London, AASP Oral History Project, The Palynological Society , 16 December 2002.
  7. "The Harris Garden – Description". Friends of the Harris Garden. Archived from the original on 23 January 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  8. International Plant Names Index.  T.M.Harris.