Tom Harris (botanist)

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Professor Thomas Maxwell Harris FRS[1] (8 January 1903 – 1 May 1983)[2] was an English paleobotanist.

Education and career[edit]

He was educated at Bootham School, York,[3] Wyggeston School, Leicester, and University College, Nottingham, before continuing to complete his doctorate at Christ's College, Cambridge.[2]

Tom Harris was an academic at the University of Reading, where he was Head of the Department of Botany.[4] At Reading he supervised William Chaloner and Winifred Pennington, both later professors of botany.[4] The Harris Garden, located on the University of Reading's Whiteknights Campus, was named after him.[5]

Harris was a Fellow of the Royal Society.[1] He served as President of the Linnean Society of London from 1961 to 1964.


Partial bibliography[edit]

  • The Fossil Flora of Scoresby Sound East Greenland (Copenhagen, 1931).
  • The British Rhaetic Flora (London, 1938).
  • British Purbeck Charophyta (London, 1939).
  • Liassic and Rhaetic Plants collected in 1936-38 from East Greenland, etc. (Copenhagen, 1946).
  • Conifers of the Taxiodiaceæ from the Wealden Formation of Belgium, etc. (Brussels, 1953).
  • The Yorkshire Jurassic flora (five volumes, London, 1961–1979).


  1. ^ a b Chaloner, W. G. (1985). "Thomas Maxwell Harris. 8 January 1903-1 May 1983". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 31: 228–260. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1985.0009.
  2. ^ a b HARRIS, Thomas Maxwell, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
  3. ^ Bootham School Register. York, England: Bootham Old Scholars Association. 2011.
  4. ^ a b J. B. Riding (interviewer), Interview with Professor William G. (Bill) Chaloner Archived 21 February 2006 at the Wayback Machine., at University College London, AASP Oral History Project, The Palynological Society, 16 December 2002.
  5. ^ "The Harris Garden — Description". Friends of the Harris Garden. Archived from the original on 23 January 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  6. ^ IPNI.  T.M.Harris.