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Kathleen Blackburn: Botanist

Kathleen Bever Blackburn

Friday 16 November, 7.00 – 8.00pm.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Living in the first half of the 20th century, Kathleen Blackburn was one of the most important botanists the North East has ever produced. Based in Newcastle, she had an international reputation in cytogenetics and palynology.

Dr Alan Hart’s talk will expand on his paper in Northumbrian Naturalist (2017, v.83), including a discussion of cytogenetic methods of the day, the recognition given for her early work, data collection for pollen analysis, the expeditions to the Hebrides and, briefly, her later life. Her connections with the controversial Professor J.W. Heslop Harrison will also be touched on.

Alan is a retired plant scientist and biotechnologist who now appears from time to time in the NHSN library and archives.