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List of Professors

Name Years at Michigansort icon Position

Asa Gray

1838 - 1942
Professor of Botany, Zoology

Abram Sager

1842 - 1874
Professor of Zoology and Botany (Librarian 1848-1850)
Professor of Obstetrics & Physiology
Chair OB/GYN 1850-1874

Alexander Winchell

1853 - 1891
Professor of Physics
Professor/Chair Civil Engineering 1853-1855
Professor Geology, Zoology and Botany 1855-1873

Volney Morgan Spalding

1876 - 1904
Professor of Botany

Louisa Reed-Stowell

1877 - 1889
Assistant in Microscopical Botany

Frederick C. Newcombe

1895 - 1923
Professor of Botany

Fanny Elizabeth Langdon

1897 - 1899
Instructor in Botany & Zoology
Died in 1899

James Barkley Pollock

1898 - 1932
Professor of Botany

Julia Warner Snow

1899 - 1900
Instructor in Botany

Charles Albert Davis

1901 - 1908
Instructor in Forestry
Curator of Botanical Herbarium - Dept of Botany

George Plumer Burns

1902 - 1912
Assistant Professor of Botany
Director of the Botanical Gardens 1907-1912

Calvin H. Kauffman

1904 - 1930
Professor of Botany
Director of the University Herbarium

Henry A. Gleason

1910 - 1919
Assistant Professor of Botany
Director of the Botanical Gardens 1915-1919

Henri Theodore Antoine de Leng Hus

1910 - 1917
Assistant Professor of Botany

Charles H. Otis

1910
Instructor of Botany
Curator of Botanical Gardens
Acting Director Botanical Gardens 1912-1913

Walter Wesslhoeft Tupper

1913 - 1936
Instructor in Botany

Filibert Roth

1913 - 1923
Professor of Forestry
Director of the Botanical Gardens

John H. Ehlers

1915 - 1939
Associate Professor of Botany

Frieda Cobb Blanchard

1916 - 1956
Assistant Director Botanical Gardens 1917-1956
Acting Director Botanical Gardens 1926

Harley Harris Bartlett

1917 - 1956
Professor of Botany
Director of the Botanical Gardens

Dow V. Baxter

1919 - 1966
Professor of Forest Pathology

Frank C. Gates

1919 - 1952
Professor of Botany

Felix Gustav Gustafson

1920 - 1959
Professor of Botany

Carl D. LaRue

1920 - 1955
Professor of Botany

Herbert F. Bergman

1922 - 1923
Exchange Professor of Botany

Chester A. Arnold

1928 - 1971
Professor of Botany. Geology
Curator of Paleobotany

William Randolph Taylor

1930 - 1966
Professor of Botany
Curator of Algae

Edwin Butterworth Mains

1931 - 1960
Professor of Botany
Director of the University Herbarium

Kenneth Lester Jones

1933 - 1976
Professor of Botany
Chair Department of Botany

Frederick Kroebert Sparrow

1936 - 1973
Professor of Botany
Director of the Biological Station

William Campbell Steere

1936 - 1950
Professor of Botany
Chairman Department of Botany

Elzada Urseba Clover

1936 - 1967
Professor of Botany
Curator, Botanical Gardens

Rogers McVaugh

1946 - 1979
Harley Harris Bartlett Professor of Botany
Curator of Vascular Plants

Robert James Lowry

1948 - 1981
Professor of Botany

Alexander H. Smith

1949 - 1975
Professor of Botany

Alfred S. Sussman

1950 - 1990
Professor of Botany
Dean of the Graduate School
Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs

Erich E. Steiner

1950 - 1988
Professor of Botany
Director of Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Warren “Herb” Wagner

1951 - 1991
Profesor of Botany & Natural Resources
Chair Department of Botany
Director Matthaei Botanical Gardens 1966-1971

Arthur Geoffrey Norman

1952 - 1976
Professor of Botany
Vice-President for Research 1964-1972
Director Matthaei Botanical Gardens 1955-1966

Charles B. Beck

1956 - 1991
Professor of Botany, Paleobotany
Curator in the Museum of Paleontology

Peter A. Hyypion

1956
Assistant Professor of Botany
Curator of the Botanical Gardens

Edward Voss

1956 - 1996
Professor of Botany
Curator of Vascular Plants

Thomas E. Moore

1956 - 2000
Professor of Biology
Curator of Insects

Peter M. Ray

1958 - 1965
Professor of Botany

Rowland H. Davis

1960 - 1978
Assistant Professor of Botany

Conrad Yocum

1961 - 1986
Professor of Botany

Berwind Peterson Kaufmann

1962 - 1967
Professor, Botany & Zoology
Senior Research Scientist

Richard A. Cellarius

1966
Assistant Professor of Botany

Edward L. McWilliams

1967 - 1972
Assistant Professor of Botany

Gordon R. McBride

1968 - 1971
Assistant Professor of Botany

David M. Gates

1971 - 1991
Professor of Botany

William R. Anderson

1974 - 2002
Professor of Botany
Curator of Vascular Plants

George F. Estabrook

1976 - 2009
Professor of Botany