Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in London, England, on 13 October 1920; died in Adelaide, SA, 18 December 2011.
Primary education: Pyap school near Loxton, SA
Secondary education: miccellaneous classes at night.
Roseworthy Diploma of Agriculture, SA
B.Agriculture, Univ. of Adelaide
A member of the staff of the Waite Institute, South Australia, from
1950 to 1985, holding numerous positions, including Reader in Agronomy.
Under his direction the herbarium (ADW) expanded four-fold, largely as
a result of his own extensive collecting in southern Australia. His research
interests are wide-ranging, but with particular emphasis on Solanaceae,
Cassia/Senna, Oxalis, plants of the Simpson Desert, Trifolium
subterraneum, and more recently, Rosaceae. His herbarium of over 11,500 specimens was lodged at ADW, now transferred to AD, with duplicates
elsewhere (e.g. B, NSW).
He did numerous field trips to most parts of Australia.
He had overseas study-leave to Europe 1956, 1963, 1970, and USA 1982.
He worked as an honorary at the South Australian Herbarium for many years after formal retirment until months before his death at the age of 91.
Source: 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]
David Symon (1920-2011) Obituary
Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 151 (June 2012) p.10-19
( https://asbs.org.au/newsletter/pdf/12-june-151.pdf )
Data from 33,519 specimens