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William Gilson Farlow

William Gilson Farlow
Born 17 December 1844
Boston, Massachusetts
Died 3 June 1919
Nationality American
Fields botanist
Alma mater Harvard

William Gilson Farlow (1844-1919) was an American botanist, born in Boston, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard (A.B., 1866; M.D., 1870), where, after several years of European study, he became adjunct professor of botany in 1874 and professor of cryptogamic botany in 1879.

In 1899 he was president of the American Society of Naturalists; in 1904 president of the National Academy of Sciences; in 1905 president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and in 1911 president of the Botanical Society of America.

He received degrees from Harvard, Glasgow, and Wisconsin.

Among his publications are:

  • The Gymnosporangia or Cedar-Apples of the United States (1880)
  • Marine AlgÅ“ of New England (1881)
  • A Provisional Host-Index of the Fungi of the United States (1888)
  • Biographical Index of North American Fungi (1905)


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