Eduardo Quisumbing

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Eduardo Quisumbing
Born (1895-11-24)November 24, 1895
Santa Cruz, Laguna, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Died August 23, 1986(1986-08-23) (aged 90)
Nationality Filipino
Alma mater University of the Philippines, University of Chicago
Occupation Plant Taxonomist
Awards National Scientist of the Philippines

Eduardo Quisumbíng y Argüelles (Filipino: Eduardo Argüelles Quisumbing; November 11, 1895, Santa Cruz, Laguna – August 23, 1986) was a Filipino biologist, a leading authority of plants in the Philippines.


He earned his BSA in biology University of the Philippines at Los Baños in 1918, his MS in botany at the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 1921, and Ph.D. in plant taxonomy, systematics and morphology at the University of Chicago in 1923.


From 1920 to 1926 he was attached to the College of Agriculture in U.P., and from 1926 to 1928 to the University of California; in 1928 appointed systematic botanist and since February 1934 acting chief of the Natural Museum Division of the Bureau of Science, Manila, now director of the National Museum. When assigned to the U.S. Navy in Guiuan, at the southern tip of Samar, made collections in that region. He retired as director in November 1961, and was for some following years attached to the Araneta University. Quisumbing undertook restoration of the Herbarium, which was completely destroyed during the war.

Quisumbing's grave at Heroes' Cemetery, Philippines

Quisumbing was author of taxonomic and morphological papers, many of which deal with orchids, including ‘Medicinal plants in the Philippines’ (Manila 1951). Saccolabium quisumbingii has been named in his honour. He was recipient of the Distinguished Service Star (1954) for outstanding contribution to the field of systematic botany; Diploma of Merit on Orchidology and Fellow Gold Medal, Malaysian Orchid Society (1966); Gold Medal, American Orchid Society (1969),[1] and 1975 PhilAAS Most Outstanding Award.

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  1. ^ "AOS Medal and Award Recipients". American Orchid Society. 
  2. ^ IPNI.  Quisumb. 

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