Wilson, Ernest Henry, 1876-1930

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Birth 1876-02-15
Death 1930-10-15

Biographical notes:

Ernest Henry Wilson was born in Chipping Campden, Gloustershire, England in 1876. In 1892 he was employed at Birmingham Botanical Gardens as a gardener and also studied botany at Birmingham Technical School and at the Royal College of Science in South Kensington. In 1897 he worked for the Royal Botanical Garden at Kew; in 1899 he was sent by the nursery firm of Veitch & Sons, to China to collect seeds and living plants. Wilson returned in 1902 and went on a second trip for Veitch, 1903-1906. In 1906 he became an assistant at the Imperial Institute, London. His third and fourth China expeditions, 1906-1911, were sponsored by Arnold Arboretum, through Director Charles S. Sargent. After moving to Boston in 1909, Wilson published A Naturalist in Western China (1913), and collected again for Arnold in Japan (1914), and Ryukyu and Bonin Islands, Korea, Japan and Formosa (1917-1919). In 1919 he became assistant director of Arnold; and after Sargent's death in 1927, Keeper (Director). He and his wife were killed in an automobile accident in 1930.

From the description of Records of Keeper, Ernest H. Wilson, 1896-1952 (inclusive), 1896-1930 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269373137

Botanist and plantsman associated with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for much of his career.

From the description of Ernest Henry Wilson photographs of the expedition to Japan, 1914. (Missouri Botanical Garden). WorldCat record id: 61773036


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