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Botanical History

Harvey, Monique [1], Burke, Janelle [2].

The Life and Legacy of Dr. Charles S. Parker.

Charles S. Parker PhD., botanist and former head of the Department of Botany at Howard University, made tremendous contributions to the botanical community. Parker collected over 2,000 specimens which included over 900 different species. His extensive collections were referenced extensively in comprehensive publication by Harold St. John’s: “Flora of Southeastern Washington and of Adjacent Idaho (1937)”. Parker’s collections contributed greatly to St. John’s flora, to such great extent that he named a variety of legume, Lathyrus nevadensis, after Parker. Three of Parker’s collected specimens are currently designated as type material in Washington State University's Marion Ownbey Herbarium. From 1923-1924, Parker worked as a plant pathologist of the Western District of North Carolina under appointment of the US Bureau of Plant Industry. Throughout his life, Charles S. Parker valued education. He received his master and Ph.D. in plant pathology and he taught in high schools and at various colleges. In 1932, after teaching at Howard University for one year, Parker was promoted to Chair of the Department of Botany. He served as Chair for 16 years, developed Howard University’s the Masters program within the Department of Botany program, which has educated over 300 botanists of color. One of Parker’s most notable graduate students was Marie Clark Taylor, who later went on to become the first woman to receive a PhD in a STEM field at Fordham University.

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Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 9, Botanical History
Location: Fort Worth Ballroom 8/Omni Hotel
Date: Monday, June 26th, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM
Number: 9002
Abstract ID:113
Candidate for Awards:Emanuel D. Rudolph Award

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