General Interest Article
Bessey was a multidirectioned innovator and evangelist of botanical education, conservation, and scientific agriculture. For example, he initiated the first undergraduate laboratory using microscopes for botany instruciton and he had no peer as a botany teacher in the latter part of the 19th century. His enthusiasm about the natural history of Iowa and surrounding states broadened the horizons of innumerable students and he was one of the founders of the Iowa Academy of Science. An organization man, Bessey quickly became president of any group with which he became affiliated, and eventually was both nationally and internationally known through his text book writing and publications on the classification of flowering plants, the latter being the progenitors of the schemes proposed in the middle 20th century.
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 1992 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Isely, Duane and Tiffany, Lois
"Three botanists: Bessey, Pammel, and Hayden,"
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS, 99(4), 78-79.
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