Paul Silva

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Paul Silva
BornOctober 31, 1922
DiedJune 12, 2014
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Known forsystematics of algae
PartnerLawrence Ray Heckard
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisorGeorge F. Papenfuss

Paul Claude Silva (October 31, 1922 – June 12, 2014) was a phycologist, marine biologist, and algal taxonomist considered to be the world's leading expert in the chlorophyte green algal genus Codium. Silva was also an expert in botanical nomenclature and was an editor of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature's Eighth through Sixteenth International Botanical Congresses.[1]


Silva completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California, though his education was interrupted by World War II. He served in the US Navy on the USS Darby, participating in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He attended Stanford University for his master's degree studying under Gilbert Morgan Smith, and University of California, Berkeley for his Ph.D. Silva later worked as a Research Botanist and Curator of Algae at the UCB herbarium.[2] While at UC Berkeley, Silva met his life partner Lawrence Ray Heckard.[3]


He has been honoured in the naming of several taxa of algae. In 1999, Silvetia In the Fucaceae family) was published by botanists E.A.Serrão, T.O.Cho, S.M.Boo & Brawley.[4] and then in 2002, Paulsilvella (in the Subfamily Lithophylloideae) was published by Woelk., Sartoni & Boddi.[5][6]


  1. ^ Woelkerling, W. J. (2011). "A Tribute to Paul Silva, the International Phycological Society, and the Index Nominum Algarum". Phycologia. 50 (5): 498–501. doi:10.2216/0031-8884-50.5.498. S2CID 85411504.
  2. ^ Paul Claude Silva at The University and Jepson Herbarium
  3. ^ D'Alcamo, Susan; Chuang, Tsan-Iang; Constance, Lincoln; Hickman, James C.; Silva, Paul C. (1992). "University of California: In Memoriam, 1992". California Digital Library. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  4. ^ Hays, Cyntha G. (January 2007). "Adaptive Phenotypic Differentiation Across the Intertidal Gradient In the Alga Silvetia Compressa". Ecology. 88 (1): 149–157. doi:10.1890/0012-9658(2007)88[149:apdati];2. S2CID 3160128.
  5. ^ "WoRMS - World Register of Marine Species - Paulsilvella Woelkerling, Sartoni & Boddi, 2002". Retrieved 26 October 2022.
  6. ^ Burkhardt, Lotte (2022). Eine Enzyklopädie zu eponymischen Pflanzennamen [Encyclopedia of eponymic plant names] (pdf) (in German). Berlin: Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, Freie Universität Berlin. doi:10.3372/epolist2022. ISBN 978-3-946292-41-8. Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  7. ^ International Plant Names Index.  P.C.Silva.

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