Hawaiian botanical papers - Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, 1884-1962

 


Rock emigrated to the United States in 1905 and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1907. He served as the Territory of Hawaii's first official botanist, and joined the faculty of the University of Hawaii in 1911, establishing its first herbarium, and serving as its first curator from 1911 until 1920. In 2009 the UH Manoa Herbarium was named in honor of Joseph Francis Charles Rock, considered by many to be the father of Hawaiian botany. Over the 12 years he spent exploring Hawaii and plant collecting, he published 56 papers and described many new plant species. In April 1962, UH honored Rock with a Doctor of Science degree. He died in Honolulu on December 7, 1962, at the age of 79.

Photo from Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation Archives HI Archives portrait no. 1, 1926 (Rock at age 42). Hunt Archive states that image was copied from original photo in the Harshberger Archival Collection, University of Pennsylvania


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