Underwood, Lucien Marcus, 1853-1907

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Biographical History

Lucien Marcus Underwood (1853-1907), was born in New Woodstock, New York. He collected plants in the United States and the Caribbean circa 1881-1903. He attended Syracuse University in 1873. A couple years later he formed a herbarium, using ferns first. He graduated in 1877 and went on to teach natural science at Cazenovia Seminary for two years. He became interested in the Hepaticae, and prepared a section on the Hepaticae in Gray's Manual of Botany, sixth edition, published in 1890. He later became a professor at Syracuse University. He took a year of leave to accept the Morgan Fellowship at Harvard University. There he studied the Sullivant and Taylor collection of hepatics. He continued to teach and became professor of botany at Columbia University. He continued to write and he published writings on entomology and fungi. He died in his home in Redding Connecticut on November 16, 1907.


  • Underwood, Lucien Marcus (1853-1907). In JStor Plant Science. Accessed April 30, 2012 at http://plants.jstor.org/person/bm000008673
  • Library of Congress. NACO. Control number: nr2001015789

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  • Syracuse university: He was a professor at Syracuse University.
  • Columbia University: He was professor of botany at Columbia University

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