Born in Chatswood, NSW, 22 November 1934
Her tertiary qualifications were secured at the University of Sydney. Her PhD thesis was 'Studies in the experimental taxonomy of Ranunculus and Darwinia'.
In November 1969 she joined the National Herbarium of NSW, Sydney, as a Botanist and in turn became a Research Scientist, Assistant Director (Herbarium) and then Senior Assistant Director (Scientific). She is a member of the Linn. Soc. of NSW, Aust. Systematic Botany Soc. and the Ecol. Soc. of Australia.
Her special interests
include plant evolution and southern hemisphere biogeography.