Franklin Sumner Earle

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Earle circa 1903

Franklin Sumner Earle (September 4, 1856 – January 31, 1929) was an American mycologist who specialized in the diseases and cultivation of sugar cane. He was the first mycologist to work at the New York Botanical Garden, and was the author of The Genera of North American Gill Fungi.[1]


Frankin Sumner Earle was born in Dwight, Illinois, on September 4, 1856 to Parker Earle and Melanie Tracy. He spent much of his early youth at the Earle farm. Later he attended the University of Illinois sporadically in the 1880s, but never earned a degree. He studied with the mycologist Thomas Jonathan Burrill.[2]

Soon after college, Earle served as the superintendent of the Mississippi Agriculture Experiment Station (1892–1895). Soon after that Earle worked as a biologist and horticulturist of the Alabama Agriculture Experiment Station (1895–1900).[2]

Earle worked as an Assistant Curator in charge of mycological collections at the New York Botanical Garden in 1901.[2]


  1. ^ "Franklin Sumner Earle". IMA Historical Index of Mycologists. Retrieved 2006-05-24.
  2. ^ a b c Carlos E. Chardon (1929). "Franklin Sumner Earle". Mycologia. 21 (6): 301–303. JSTOR 3753838.
  3. ^ IPNI.  Earle.

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