F. Raymond Fosberg

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In Sri Lanka, by the sandy shores of a large body of water (probably the Indian Ocean), Dr. F. Raymond Fosberg (1908-1993) stands looking at the leaves of a native tree.


  • Fosberg, F. Raymond
  • Ecology Program National Museum of Natural History
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Botany


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  • Dr. Fosberg was a botanist especially noted for his work on tropical and Pacific basin vegetation. He was also the founder and editor of Atoll Research Bulletin, a well-known and frequently consulted conservationist, and a several time organizer of major scientific conferences. He was associated at various times with the U. S. Department of Agriculture, United States Geological Survey, and Smithsonian Institution. In 1966 he joined the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in the Ecology program. In 1968 Fosberg transferred to the Department of Botany, where he became curator. In 1976 he became Senior Botanist, and in 1993 Botanist Emeritus. He published more than 600 papers on plant classification, plant distribution, ecology and conservation, and contributed to many scientific books.
  • For other images of F. Raymond Fosberg, see Neg. SIA2013-03920 and SIA2013-03921 at Natural History and SIA2013-03922 through SIA2013-03929 and 92-1712 in Sri Lanka. Neg. 92-1712 is a very similar image in black and white.
  • This image and image 92-17128 are the same tree but from a different side.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95-013, Box 1, Folder: 1: A-Kier

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


c. 1978

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  • Plant specialists
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Environmental sciences
  • Natural History
  • Employees
  • Ecology
  • Museums
  • Plants
  • Bodies of water
  • Botany
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • School field trips
  • Botanists
  • Ecologists
  • Field trips
  • Museum curators
  • Natural history
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Sri Lanka
  • Washington (D.C.)


  • Person, candid
  • Slide

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 1"w X 1 3.7"h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Slide

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