Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born 9 January 1931 in Beaumont, Texas, USA, died 8 March 2016, in Canberra, ACT.
Tom Hartley was a long-term staff member of the Australian National Herbarium (CANB) and a valued colleague to those who worked there.
Born and educated in the USA, Tom worked for CSIRO from 1961 to 1965 (as botanist for the Phytochemical Survey of New Guinea) and again from 1971 until his retirement. In the intervening period he was a curator at the Herbarium of the Arnold Arboretum (A) at Harvard University.
Post-retirement Tom continued to work at CANB, writing treatments for works including the Flora of New Caledonia and the Flora of Australia, until just a few years ago when forced to stop due to ill health.
Tom’s lifetime of research focused on studies of the family Rutaceae and he collected extensively in New Guinea, Australia and the Pacific. The specimens held at CANB are a valuable resource for research by staff and visiting scientists.
In his private life Tom was also a talented jazz pianist.
Source: Extracted from: pers. com. A.Monro 11/3/2016; Obituary, Canberra Times, 19/3/2016
Portrait Photo: (1) ex Flora Malesiana 1974, (2) Extracted from: ANBG staff photo collection
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