Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in Pahiatua, New Zealand, on 10 January 1906. Died Australia 2005.
Norman Hall was born in New Zealand in 1906 and graduated in Forestry from the University of New Zealand. He later migrated to Australia. During World War II he served in a Forestry Company, Royal Australian Engineers, and following the war as a forester in Europe. He is known to generations of forestry students and forestry workers, from his first employment in 1937 in the Woods and Forests Department in Mt Gambier, South Australia, to his work in Canberra in the Forestry and Timber Bureau and his lecturing at the Australian National University, and finally his many publishing acitivities in retirement with the CSIRO Division of Forest Research. Initiated the first edition of Forest Trees of Australiain 1957 and was a principal contributor to all subsequent editions of the book.
Another very important series of publications, Botanists of the Eucalypts (1978, Supplements in 1979, 1989, 1992), and Botanists of Australian Acacias (1984, Supplement in 1993), provide a comprehensive collection of biographies of Australian botanists and collectors.
Extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic
Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed.,
ABRS. [consult for source references]
also, Forest Trees of Australia, 5th Edition dedicated to him (also photo).