Utica College's Asa Gray Series Presents: Asa Gray, Dean of American Botany

By Cindy McNicholl

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Date(s) & Time(s)::

April 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Location: Donahue Auditorium, Utica College


Event Description

David L. Moore, Ph.D., Asa Gray Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Biology at Utica College, will describe how Asa Gray was born on a farm in Sauquoit, New York. Through his mentor John Torrey of New York City, Asa Gray began a botanical journey that would first introduce him to the foremost American botanists and, eventually, interaction with the greatest European botanists. Gray’s interest in phytogeography and the evolution of plants would influence Charles Darwin, with whom Gray maintained frequent correspondence, and help shape Darwin’s thoughts on evolution. Gray’s impact on plant exploration, classification and the popularization of botany would make him the most important American botanist of the nineteenth century.
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