Shull, George Harrison, 1874-1954

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Biographical History

George Harrison Shull (1874-1954) grew up on a farm in Clark County, Ohio. He graduated from Antioch in 1903 and went on to graduate school at the University of Chicago. He was appointed Botanical Assistant at the United States National Herbarium. He also worked at the U.S. Bureau of Plant Industry as a Botanical Expert examining the flora and fauna of the Chesapeake Bay and Currituck Sound. He used what he collected for his PhD thesis. He then became interested in the statistical analysis of variations of plants. In 1904, he was appointed in charge of the plant work at the Station of Experimental Evolution. Later he went on to Cold Spring Harbor. He studied and bred a large variety of plants and published papers of his findings of plant traits and inheritance. In 1915, Shull became a professor at Princeton University, and later became the managing editor of the school journal, Genetics, for ten years. Shull retired in 1942.


Library of Congress. NACO. Control Number: 88027574

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  • United States. Division of Botany: He worked at the U.S. Bureau of Plant Industry as a Botanical Expert.
  • Princeton university: Shull was a professor at Princeton University.

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