Benjamin Lincoln Robinson

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Benjamin Lincoln Robinson (1864–1935) was an American botanist.

Benjamin Lincoln Robinson
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Born November 8, 1864 (1864-11-08)
Bloomington, Illinois
Died July 27, 1935 (1935-07-28) (aged 70)
Jaffrey, New Hampshire
Citizenship American
Fields botanist
Institutions Gray Herbarium
Alma mater Harvard University University of Strasbourg
Doctoral advisor Hermann zu Solms-Laubach
Author abbrev. (botany) B.L.Rob.


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 first Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany. He was the editor of the New England Botanical Club's journal Rhodora from 1899-1928.[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]


  1. ^ a b Fernald, M.L. (1936). "Biographical Memoir of Benjamin Lincoln Robinson (1864-1935)" (PDF). National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Greenman, Jesse More (1867-1951)". JSTOR. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ 1930 Yearbook of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. 1930. p. 37. 
  4. ^ "Author Query for 'B.L.Rob.'". International Plant Names Index. 

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