William Russell Dudley

William Russell Dudley

(1849-1911) William Russell Dudley was born in Connecticut and grew up a farmer, where he developed a love of plants. He attended Cornell University getting his master's degree in in 1876, was a botany professor and primary collector for the university. He was an early environmental preservationist and the first director of the Botany Department at Stanford, from 1892 to 1911. His consultations with the forestry department helped to preserve national forests in California. He was a key figure in the creation of Big Basin Redwoods State Park and an early powerhouse in the Sempervirens Fund. His meticulous collecton now at Stanford has been a staple for California flora research. His collection and work led to the creation of the Dudley Herbarium.

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