Tuckerman, Edward, 1817-1886

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Edward Tuckerman was a botanist who specialized in lichen of North America.

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Tuckerman, eldest son of Edward Tuckerman, a Boston merchant, and Sophia (May) Tuckerman, was born in Boston in 1817. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Union College in 1837 and 1844 respectively and his L.L.B. and A.B. from Harvard University in 1839 and 1847 respectively. Tuckerman married Sarah Eliza Sigourney Cushing in 1854 and in 1855 began a professorship at Amherst College. Tuckerman began his career at Amherst College as a professor of history; three years later he became a professor of botany. Severe hearing loss forced Tuckerman to abandon his classroom work for botanical research. Although no longer a professor, Tuckerman was included in the Amherst College course catalogue until his death in 1886. During the course of his research, Tuckerman became an authority on lichens, discovering the famous ravine in the White Mountains now bearing his name. Tuckerman's scientific findings have been documented in many articles and books.

From the description of Tuckerman botanical papers, 1816-1886. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 51675314

Edward Tuckerman (1817-1886), the son of Edward Tuckerman (1775-1843) and Sophia May Tuckerman (1784-1870), was a botanist and authority on lichens. He was born in Boston, Mass., and received degrees from Union College, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Divinity School. From 1854 until his death, he was a professor at Amherst College. A devoted scholar, Tuckerman published extensively. He contributed measurably to the classification and description of North American lichens. He also wrote upon biographical, historical, and theological topics, and was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1855.

From the description of Correspondence, 1832-1873. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 191259822

Edward Tuckerman, eldest son of Edward Tuckerman, a Boston merchant, and Sophia (May) Tuckerman, was born in Boston in 1817. After attending Ingraham's school, Boston Latin, he received his B.A. and M.A. from Union College in 1837 and 1844 respectively and his L.L.B. and A.B. from Harvard University in 1839 and 1847 respectively. Tuckerman married Sarah Eliza Sigourney Cushing in 1854 and in 1855 began a professorship at Amherst College. Tuckerman began his career at Amherst College as a professor of history; three years later he became a professor of botany. Severe hearing loss forced Tuckerman to abandon his classroom work for botanical research. Although no longer a professor, Tuckerman was included in the Amherst College course catalogue until his death in 1886. During the course of his research, Tuckerman became an authority on lichens, discovering the famous ravine in the White Mountains now bearing his name. Tuckerman's scientific findings have been documented in many articles and books.

From the guide to the Tuckerman Botanical Papers MA. 00043., 1816-1886, (Amherst College Archives and Special Collections)

Edward Tuckerman, 1817-1886, botanist and expert on lichens, b. Boston, educated Boston Latin, Union College, Harvard Law; after a trip to Europe, returned to Harvard for undergraduate degree and graduated Harvard Divinity School in 1852; professor of botany at Amherst College, published work is chiefly on lichens, Tuckerman's Ravine on Mt. Washington, NH, is named after him.

From the description of Letter to Mrs. Mann?, 1869 August 4. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 56947406

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creatorOf Tuckerman, Edward, 1817-1886. [Selections] New York Botanical Garden, The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
referencedIn Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823. Botanical papers of Manassah Cutler, 1782-1808 (bulk). Harvard University, Botany Libraries
referencedIn Harvard University. Gray Herbarium. Administrative correspondence of the Gray Herbarium, 179?-1965 (inclusive), 1840-1955 (bulk) [microform]. Harvard University, Gray Herbarium
creatorOf Tuckerman, Edward, 1817-1886. Tuckerman botanical papers, 1816-1886. Amherst College Library
creatorOf Tuckerman, Frederick Goddard, 1821-1873. Correspondence, 1833-1873. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Farlow Reference Library collection of botanists papers, 1855-1946 (inclusive). Harvard University, Farlow Reference Library
creatorOf Tuckerman, Edward, 1817-1886. Correspondence, 1832-1873. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Tuckerman, Edward, 1817-1886. Letter to Mrs. Mann?, 1869 August 4. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Oakes, William, 1799-1848. Correspondence, 1823-1848. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Tuckerman, Edward, 1817-1886. A synopsis of the lichenes of New England, the other northern states, and British America, 1848-1870 / by Edward Tuckerman. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Tuckerman family. Herbarium : manuscript, 1846. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Letters to Thomas Morong, 1874-1888 Botany Libraries
creatorOf Tuckerman Botanical Papers MA. 00043., 1816-1886 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Farlow, W. G. (William Gilson), 1844-1919. Papers of William Gilson Farlow, 1866-1919 (bulk). Harvard University, Botany Libraries
referencedIn Willey, Henry, 1824-1907. Papers, 1839-1961. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823. Botanical papers of Manasseh Cutler, 1782-1808 (bulk). Harvard University, Gray Herbarium
referencedIn Autograph File, T, 1580-1975. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Morong, Thomas, 1827-1894. Letter to Thomas Morong, 1874-1888 (inclusive). Harvard University, Botany Libraries
creatorOf Tuckerman, Edward, 1817-1886. New England lichenes / [Edward Tuckerman]. American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn Salisbury family. Papers, 1674-1916. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Tuckerman family. Herbarium : manuscript, 1869. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Tuckerman, Edward, 1817-1886. Letter, 1874 July 20, Amherst, to [Charles H. Hitchcock?]. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf [Edward Tuckerman, biographical materials] University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Autograph File, T, 1580-1975. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Records of the U.S. Geological Survey. 1839 - 2008. Personal Letters Received
referencedIn Papers, 1786-1945 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Tuckerman, Edward. A Synopsis of the Lichenes of New England, the Other Northern States, and British America, 1853-1870 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Rolla Kent Beattie Papers, 1899-1956 Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
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Place Name Admin Code Country
North America
Massachusetts
Southern States
Massachusetts--Amherst
White Mountains
New Hampshire
South Carolina
New England
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Botanists--Massachusetts
Botanists
Botany--Study and teaching--Massachusetts--Amherst
Botany
Lichens
Natural history
Botany--Study and teaching
Botanical specimens
Occupation
Botanists
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Birth 1817-12-07

Death 1886-03-15

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