Margaret Elizabeth Barr-Bigelow

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Margaret Elizabeth Barr-Bigelow
Born (1923-04-16)April 16, 1923
Elkhorn, Manitoba
Died April 1, 2008(2008-04-01) (aged 84)
Sidney, British Columbia
Citizenship Canada
Fields Mycology
Institutions University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Montreal
Known for Study of Ascomycetes
Author abbrev. (botany) M.E.Barr

Elizabeth Margaret Barr-Bigelow (16 April 1923 – 1 April 2008) was a Canadian mycologist known for her contributions to the Ascomycetes fungi.


Margaret Barr was born on April 16, 1923 in the small town of Elkhorn in the Canadian province of Manitoba. She studied at the University of British Columbia receiving her bachelor's degree in 1950 and her Master's in 1952. In 1956, Barr married mycologist Howard E. Bigelow and was awarded a Ph.D. for her work The taxonomic position of the genus Mycosphaerella as shown by comparative developmental studies one week later. After getting married, Barr and her husband worked for some time in the University of Montreal and from 1957 to 1987 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Two years after the death of Howard in 1987, Barr moved to the city of Sidney in British Columbia where she died on April 1, 2008. In her lifetime, she published more than 150 scientific publications on various Ascomycetes, with the last one described in 2007.

Genera and species of fungi, named after M.E. Barr[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Author Query for 'M.E.Barr'". International Plant Names Index.