E. B. Babcock

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Ernest Brown Babcock (July 10, 1877 – December 8, 1954) was a United States plant geneticist who pioneered the understanding of plant evolution in terms of genetics.[1] He is particularly known for seeking to understand by field investigations and extensive experiments, the entire polyploid apomictic genus Crepis, in which he recognize 196 species.[2] In his career, he published more than 100 articles and books explaining plant genetics, including the seminal textbook (with Roy Elwood Clausen) Genetics in relation to agriculture.[3]


  1. ^ Smocovitis, V.B. (2009). "The "Plant Drosophila": E. B. Babcock, the genus Crepis, and the evolution of a genetics research program at Berkeley, 1915–1947". Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences. 39 (3): 300–355. doi:10.1525/hsns.2009.39.3.300. PMID 20077617.
  2. ^ George Ledyard Stebbins (1958). "Ernest Brown Babcock, 1877–1954: A biographical memoir" (PDF). National Academy of Sciences.
  3. ^ Babcock, E.B.; Clausen, R.E. (1918). Genetics in relation to agriculture. McGraw-Hill.
  4. ^ IPNI.  Babc.
  • Carey, C.W. 2000. Babcock, Ernest Brown. American National Biography Online. Oxford University Press

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