Harold J. Brodie

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Harold Johnston Brodie
Born (1907-12-03)December 3, 1907
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died March 20, 1989(1989-03-20) (aged 81)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Residence Canada
Alma mater University of Manitoba
Known for Advancing the knowledge of the Nidulariacae
Scientific career
Fields Mycology

University of Manitoba
Indiana University at Bloomington

University of Alberta
Doctoral advisor Arthur Henry Reginald Buller
Author abbrev. (botany) H.J.Brodie

Harold Johnston Brodie (December 3, 1907 – March 23, 1989) was a Canadian mycologist, known for his contributions to the knowledge of the Nidulariaceae, or bird's nest fungi.

Early life[edit]

Harold Brodie was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on December 3, 1907, and grew up there. His parents are Thomas Dey Brodie and Rebecca Jane Johnston.[1] After receiving his BSc from the University of Manitoba in 1929, he worked on his MSc under the direction of Arthur Henry Reginald Buller. In this research he investigated the functions of the oidia of the mushroom Coprinus lagopus (now known as Coprinopsis radiata); this research led to the two publications in 1931 and 1932.[2][3]


Brodie was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1952. He also received the Canada Centennial Medal in 1967, and the Lawson Medal of the Canadian Botanical Association in 1977.[4]


Brodie, Harold J. (1975). The Bird's Nest Fungi. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-5307-6.  Brodie, Harold J. (1989). Fungi: Delight of Curiosity. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-6766-2. 


  1. ^ Bob Brodie, 1st cousin twice removed.
  2. ^ Brodie HJ. (1931). "The oidia of Coprinus lagopus and their relation with insects". Annals of Botany 45: 315–44.
  3. ^ Brodie HJ. (1932). "Oidial mycelia and the diploidization process in Coprinus lagopus". Annals of Botany 46: 727–32.
  4. ^ Savile DBO. (1989). "Harold Johnston Brodie, 1907–1989". Mycologia 81(6): 832–6.
  5. ^ IPNI.  H.J.Brodie.