Irving Widmer Bailey
|Irving Widmer Bailey|
|Born||August 15, 1884
Tilton, New Hampshire
|Died||May 16, 1967
|Alma mater||Harvard College|
Irving Widmer Bailey (August 15, 1884 - May 16, 1967) was an American botanist known for his work in plant anatomy.
Early life and education
Bailey was born in 1884, in Tilton, New Hampshire to Ruth Pouter Bailey and Solon Irving Bailey. His father was a professor of astronomy at Harvard University. In 1907 Bailey graduated from Harvard College, and two years later received his master's degree in forestry from Harvard's Graduate School of Applied Sciences.
In 1909, Bailey took a job as instructor of forestry at Harvard's Graduate School of Applied Sciences. He went on to work at the Bussey Institution, which later became a division of Harvard's Graduate School of Applied Biology, and also held positions at the Arnold Arboretum and Gray Herbarium, both of which were divisions of Harvard University Herbaria.
In 1945, at the request of a dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, he created what became known as the "Bailey Plan", which controversially suggested that all sectors of botany should be unified. His plan resulted in a new building to house the Harvard University Herbaria.
World War I and World War II
In World War I, Bailey worked for the Bureau of Aircraft Production at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. A skilled engineer as well as a botanist, he was put in charge of selecting wood for airplane construction.
In 1911, Bailey married Helen Diman Harwood.
- "Irving Widmer Bailey". Harvard University Herbaria. Archived from the original on June 3, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- "Cranbrook Institute of Science Director's Papers". Cranbrook website. Retrieved Dec. 27, 2016.
- IPNI. I.W.Bailey.
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