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George Lincoln Goodale (August 3, 1839 – April 12, 1923) was an American botanist, born at Saco, Maine. He graduated at Amherst College in 1860 and at Harvard Medical School in 1863, after which he practiced at Portland, Me., until 1867; became professor of natural science and applied chemistry at Bowdoin; and at Harvard was appointed instructor in botany and University lecturer on vegetable physiology (1872), assistant professor of the latter subject (1873), professor of botany (1878) , and Fisher professor of natural science, a chair formerly held by Asa Gray. After 1879 he served also as director of the botanical museum. He also commissioned the glass botanical models by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, still on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. In 1909 he retired. In 1889 he was president of the American Society of Naturalists and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to monographs and contributions to scientific journals, his publications include:

  • Wild Flowers of North America (1882)
  • Vegetable Physiology (1885)
  • Vegetable Histology (1885)
  • Useful Plants of the Future (1891)
  • Concerning a Few Common Plants (1879); third edition, 1903)

This article incorporates text from an edition of the New International Encyclopedia that is in the public domain.


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