Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born 18 April 1927 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; died 4 May 2019 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Trevor Clifford was an Honorary Research Associate of the Queensland Herbarium and an Honorary Fellow (Geoscience) of the Queensland Museum. Throughout his career, which included a thirty-four year tenure at the University of Queensland, he received many scholarships and awards from top funding bodies including the Nuffield, Carlsberg German Cultural and University of Queensland Foundations. As part of his Master of Science Degree , Clifford mapped 180 square kilometres of the Dandenong Ranges, analysed the geographical distribution of the eucalypts, and prepared a relief model of the area. This study was the foundation for his life-long fascination with plant genetics, statistics and evolution. Clifford next received an Australian National University Scholarship to study at the University of Durham (U.K.) for a Doctor of Philosophy Degree. On completion of these studies he accepted a lectureship in Agricultural Botany at the University College of Ibadan in Nigeria. In 1958 he returned to Australia taking up a Lectureship in Botany at the University of Queensland. He retired in 1992 with the title of Prof Emeritus.
Throughout his teaching career as a professor of botany at the University of Queensland, he published many articles and books in his field. His botanical and horticultural specialty is “taxonomy, experimental and numerical.” He is the author of The Etymological Dictionary of Grasses.
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation holds the archival collection of all the correspondence associated with the dictionary.
1948 Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1948 - 1953 Career position - Botany Tutor, then Senior Tutor and part-time Lecturer at the University of Melbourne.
1951 Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1953 - 1955 Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at Durham University (conferred 1956)
1955 - 1958 Career position - Lecturer in Agricultural Botany at University College, Ibadan in Nigeria
1958 - 1992 Career position - Lecturer and Professor of Botany at the University of Queensland
1965 Award - Fellow of the Linnean Society
1974 Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
1990 Career position - Visiting Professor at the Agricultural University in Beijing, China
1994 Career position - Visiting Professor at the University Nusa Cendana in Kapang, Indonesia
Sources: Main text extracted from: Encyclopedia of Australian Science website: http://www.eoas.info/biogs/P004663b.htm 6/3/2014
Editors (2019), "Harold Trevor Clifford (1927–2019)", Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 179: 36. Accessed online March 2021 at http://www.asbs.org.au/asbs/newsletter/pdf/19-june-179.pdf#page=38.
Portrait Photo: Extracted from: http://huntbot.andrew.cmu.edu/HIBD/Departments/Archives/Archives-AG/Clifford.shtml 6/3/2014
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