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Asa Gray, 1810-1888

Asa Gray, 1810-1888

In 1842, Harvard College offered Gray a job teaching botany and overseeing the botanic garden. This gave him the opportunity to collect specimens from others. In 1843, Professor Gray commissioned Lindheimer to make a collection of largely unknown Texas plants and wildlife. In a land terrorized by bandits and Indians, Lindheimer began a 10-year period of collecting plants, which were shipped to Dr. Gray. Today, many of those plants are at Harvard University’s Gray Herbarium. Ultimately, Gray was considered one of the most important botanists in North America.

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