Benjamin Lincoln Robinson

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Benjamin Lincoln Robinson
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BornNovember 8, 1864 (1864-11-08)
DiedJuly 27, 1935 (1935-07-28) (aged 70)
Alma materHarvard University University of Strasbourg
Scientific career
InstitutionsGray Herbarium
Doctoral advisorHermann zu Solms-Laubach
Author abbrev. (botany)B.L.Rob.

Benjamin Lincoln Robinson (November 8, 1864 – July 27, 1935) was an American botanist.


Robinson was born on November 8, 1864, in Bloomington, Illinois. In 1887, he received an A.B. from Harvard. He married Margaret Louise Casson on June 29, 1887, and couple traveled to Europe. He studied plant anatomy with H. Solms-Laubach and completed his Dr.phil. at University of Strasbourg in 1889. They returned to the United States in the fall of 1890. Most of his career was Gray Herbarium curator and he died at his summer home in Jaffrey, New Hampshire on July 27, 1935.[1]


In 1891, Robinson became an assistant to Sereno Watson, the curator of Gray Herbarium at Harvard University. Upon Watson's death in 1892, Robinson was appointed to the curator position. In 1899, Robinson became the first Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany. He was the editor of the New England Botanical Club's journal Rhodora from 1899 to 1928.[1] While at the Gray Herbarium, he began a long association with fellow botanist Jesse More Greenman.[2]


  • 1929—Centennial Gold medal of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society[3]


Benjamin Lincoln Robinson was a brother of James Harvey Robinson (1868–1936), a historian, scholar, and educator.


  1. ^ a b Fernald, Merritt Lyndon (1873–1950) (1936). "Biographical Memoir of Benjamin Lincoln Robinson, 1864–1935" (PDF). Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences. 17, 13th Memoir: 305–330. Retrieved February 15, 2014. Presented to the Academy at the Annual Meeting, 1936{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link) LCCN 39-30911; LCCN 39-31384; ISSN 0077-2933; OCLC 560113405 (all editions).
  2. ^ "Greenman, Jesse More (1867-1951)". JSTOR. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  3. ^ 1930 Yearbook of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. 1930. p. 37.
  4. ^ International Plant Names Index.  B.L.Rob.

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