Arthur Henry Reginald Buller

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Arthur Henry Reginald Buller
Born (1874-08-19)August 19, 1874
Moseley, Birmingham, England
Died July 3, 1944(1944-07-03) (aged 69)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Fields Mycology, Botany
Institutions University of Birmingham
University of Manitoba
Alma mater Mason Science College
Queen's College, Taunton
University of Leipzig
Notable awards Royal Medal (1937)
Flavelle Medal (1929)
Fellow of the Royal Society[1]
Author abbrev. (botany) Buller

Arthur Henry Reginald Buller FRSC FRS[1] (August 19, 1874 – July 3, 1944) was a British-Canadian mycologist. He is mainly known as a researcher of fungi and wheat rust.

Academic career[edit]

Born in Moseley, Birmingham, England, he received a Bachelor of Science from Queen's College, Taunton in 1896. He then completed this with a Doctor of Philosophy in botany from the University of Leipzig in 1899. He also trained at the Marine Biological Station in Naples. From 1901 to 1904, he was a Lecturer in Botany at University of Birmingham. He came to Canada in 1904 and founded the Botany Department at the University of Manitoba and was the first Professor of Botany and Geology at the University of Manitoba, and served as Head of the Botany Department until his retirement in 1936.


He also wrote limericks, some of which were published in Punch, including this one on Einstein's special theory of relativity:[2]

There was a young lady named Bright,
Whose speed was far faster than light;
She started one day
In a relative way,
And returned on the previous night.

A. H. Reginald Buller in Punch (Dec. 19, 1923): 591.


He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1909 and became its President in 1927. In 1929, he was awarded the Royal Society of Canada's Flavelle Medal and in 1937 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society.[1] He was a life member of the Mycological Society of America.

He was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, University of Calcutta, University of Manitoba, and University of Pennsylvania. The Buller Building at the University of Manitoba, built in 1932, is named in his honour.


  1. ^ a b c Brooks, F. T. (1945). "Arthur Henry Reginald Buller. 1874-1944". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society 5 (14): 50. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1945.0004.  edit
  2. ^ There Was a Young Lady Named Bright Whose Speed Was Far Faster Than Light, Quote Investigator, Dec 19, 2013, last accessed 2014-02-18.
  3. ^ "Author Query for 'Buller'". International Plant Names Index. 

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