William Andrew Archer
|William Andrew Archer, Botanist, PhD|
November 7, 1894|
Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
|Died||May 7, 1973
Washington, D.C., United States of America
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Institutions||Federal botanist at the United States Department of Agriculture; Research Associate in the Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History; Head botanist and plant pathologist at the Escuela de Agricultura, Medellín, Colombia; at the botany section of the Instituto Agronomico do Norte, Belem, Pará, Brazil; and as custodian and curator of the National Arboretum Herbarium,|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Known for||Extensive plant exploration, collecting, taxonomy, research, documentation, publications, including the study of mycology, phytopathology and also, the medicinal uses of plants|
|Author abbrev. (botany)||W.A.Archer|
William Andrew Archer (1894–1973) was an American economic botanist; ethnobotanist, taxonomist, plant explorer, and herbarium manager. Dr. Archer earned his BSc in Biology and his Ph.D. in Botany Micology from the University of Michigan in 1926. Most of his professional career was spent at United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), including his position as Curator of the National Arboretum Herbarium from 1938 to 1964. After his retirement from the USDA, Dr. Archer was appointed Research Associate in the Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). His career was marked by extensive collecting trips to Central and South America and to Africa.  He died in Washington, D.C. on May 7, 1973.
- "Record Unit 7378 W. Andrew (William Andrew) Archer Papers, circa 1918-1973". Smithsonian Institution Archives. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
- Hunt Institute at Carnegie Mellon University
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