Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, 1884-1962

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Biographical History

Joseph Francis Rock (1884-1962) was a botanist who specialized in the flora of Hawaii and China. His botanical explorations also took him to several locations in Southeast Asia, and he directed many expeditions on which he collected zoological, ornithological, and botanical specimens. An Austrian by birth, Rock moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1907, where he became the first official botanist of Hawaii. He became a faculty member of University of Hawaii in 1911, but left in 1920 for botanical expeditions in Asia. In 1949, he finally returned to Honolulu, where he lived until he died in 1962.

Birth Date

1884

Death Date

1962

Topic

Botany

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Personal name

Occupation

Botanists