Mary Katherine Layne Brandegee

Mary Katherine Layne Brandegee

(1844-1920) Katherine Brandegee was a medical doctor, botanist and curator of the herbarium at the California Academy of Sciences. She was the third woman to attend the University of California at San Francisco. She collected all across California as well as Baja California and Nevada. He husband was Townshed Stith Brandegee, himself a noted botanist. For their honeymoon, they walked from San Diego to San Francisco botanizing along the way. She was good friends with Alice Eastwood and even took a pay cut to have Alice Eastwood installed as co-curator of the herbarium at the California Academy of Sciences.

She became the editor of the Bulletin of the California Academy of Sciences, as well as the biological journal called Zoe, which held particular importance because it allowed her to quickly publish the papers of western botanists. In the east (or even the west) a botanist usually had to go through the overly-busy Asa Gray at Harvard to get an official botanical description.

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