Soderstrom, Thomas R.

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Biographical History

Thomas Robert Soderstrom (1936-1987) was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1936. He earned degrees from the University of Illinois in 1957 and Yale University in 1958 and 1961. Soderstrom was a curator in the Department of Botany at the National Museum of Natural History for more than 20 years, where he worked with Agnes Chase, Jason Swallen, and Floyd McClure. As an agrostologist, he collected specimens from North America, South America, Africa, and Asia, specializing in the taxonomy and biology of bamboo. Soderstrom was a founding member and executive director (1967-1969) of the Association of Tropical Biology. He was also a fellow of the Linnean Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an honorary associate of the Botanical Society of Brazil. In July 1986, he organized the First International Grass Symposium, held at the Smithsonian Institution.


JSTOR Global Plants. (2013, April 19). Soderstrom, Thomas Robert (1936-1987).Retrieved from

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