Florence Hedges

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Florence Hedges
Florence Hedges.jpg
Hedges in 1915
Born (1878-08-24)August 24, 1878
Lansing, Michigan
Died December 17, 1956(1956-12-17) (aged 78)
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Michigan
Known for Botany, Plant pathology
Scientific career
Institutions United States Department of Agriculture

Florence Hedges (August 24, 1878 – December 17, 1956[1]) was a pioneering American plant pathologist and botanist with the United States Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Plant Industry.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Hedges was born in Lansing, Michigan. She graduated from University of Michigan in 1901. Much of her work involved investigations into bacteria-induced plant disease. Charlotte Elliot, Hellie A. Brown, Edith Cash, Mary Katharine Bryan, Anna Jenkins, and Lucia McCulloch, Pearle Smith, and Angie Beckwith were among the people she worked with while a researcher at the USDA.[3]

With Erwin Frink Smith, she also translated the 1896 biography of Louis Pasteur by Émile Duclaux.[4]

She died in San Francisco, California.[5]


  1. ^ Ainsworth, Geoffrey Clough (1981). Introduction to the History of Plant Pathology. Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521230322
  2. ^ Bailey, Liberty Hyde (1920). R.U.S. [Rural Uplook Service]: A Register of the Rural Leadership in the United States and Canada.
  3. ^ Harveson, Robert M.; Schwartz, Howard F.; Urrea, Carlos A.; Yonts, C. Dean (2015-10-22). "Bacterial Wilt of Dry-Edible Beans in the Central High Plains of the U.S.: Past, Present, and Future". Plant Disease. 99 (12): 1665–1677. doi:10.1094/PDIS-03-15-0299-FE. ISSN 0191-2917. 
  4. ^ Smith, E. F., Hedges, F. (1920). Pasteur: The History of a Mind (orig. Pasteur, histoire d'un esprit). W. B. Saunders Co. ASIN: B003GEE4AE
  5. ^ Staff report (1957). Deaths. The Michigan Alumnus - Volume 63 - Page 252
  6. ^ IPNI.  Hedges. 

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