Collection DPA - Professor Alexander Dickson papers

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GB235 DPA

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Professor Alexander Dickson papers

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  • 1836 - 1887 (Creation)

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2 boxes misc. papers

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(1836-1887)

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Born Edinburgh 1836; died Peeblesshire 1887
Alexander Dickson graduated MD from Edinburgh University in 1860, lectured in botany at the University of Aberdeen and in 1866 was appointed to the chair of botany at Dublin University, returning to Scotland as professor of botany at Glasgow until 1879. He was then appointed professor of botany at Edinburgh University (the first appointee solely to this discipline) and Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden, a post he held from 1880 until his death. While in post he inherited a number of problems over integrating the Garden with the Arboretum which remained unresolved. He was regarded as an excellent research and field botanist, his studies including work on phyllotaxis, flower and embryo development and carnivorous plants. He published around 50 papers in a number of journals including the Transactions of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, of which he was twice president. He died in 1887 while curling near his Peebleshire home.
Sources: Dictionary of National Biography; HR Fletcher and WH Brown ‘The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 1670-1970’; (Deni Bown, ‘4 Gardens in One’); (R. Desmond ‘Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturalists)
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•1 box of miscellaneous papers
•1 box of miscellaneous correspondence and lecture notes
Correspondence from Archibald Dickson (brother of Prof. Alexander Dickson, Regius Keeper 1880-87) re: his late brother's affairs dated 1889 filed with "Balfour, I Bayley" corresp. under "Dickson, Archibald".

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