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George Thurber


American botanist and chemist. Trained as a pharmacist; lecturer in chemistry, Franklin Society of Providence, Rhode Island. Botanist, quartermaster, and commissary on the United States–Mexico boundary survey, 1850–3, during which time he collected many new species of plants. MA, Brown University, 1853. With the United States Assay Office, New York, 1853–6. Lecturer in botany and materia medica, College of Pharmacy, New York, 1856–60, 1865–6; professor of botany and horticulture, Michigan State Agricultural College, 1859–63. Editor of the American Agriculturist, 1863–85. Specialised in grasses.





ANB: American national biography. Edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. 24 vols. and supplement. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1999–2002.

DAB: Dictionary of American biography. Under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. 20 vols., index, and 10 supplements. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons; Simon & Schuster Macmillan. London: Oxford University Press; Humphrey Milford. 1928–95.