Purdom, William, 1880-1921.

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William Purdom was born in Heversham, Westmoreland, England on April 10, 1880. His early horticultural training began at Brathay Hall Gardens, Ambleside, Cumbria, England where his father, William, held the position of head gardener. Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), the Director of the Arnold Arboretum, was intent on having as many plant collectors as possible engaged in exploring China's flora and hired William Purdom shortly after meeting him in early 1909. Purdom embarked on his first plant expedition for the Arboretum in February of that year. At the conclusion of the expedition in 1912, he remained in China. Following a minor operation, Purdom died at the French hospital in Beijing on November 7, 1921.

From the description of Papers of William Purdom, 1909-1912. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 432427425

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referencedIn Sargent, Charles Sprague, 1841-1927. Records of the Director Charles Sprague Sargent, 1893-1927 (inclusive). Harvard University, Arnold Arboretum, Horticultural Library, Jamacia Plain
referencedIn Arnold Arboretum. Collection lists and expedition itineraries, 1910- Harvard University, Gray Herbarium
creatorOf Purdom, William, 1880-1921. Papers of William Purdom, 1909-1912. Harvard University, Botany Libraries
referencedIn The Reginald Farrer Collection, 1880 - 2004 Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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Birth 1880

Death 1921

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