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History of the Paleobotanical Section
"The Paleobotanical Section of Botanical Society of America
is the oldest organization of Paleobotanists in the world. The founding
father of the Section in the years of 1934-1936 was Loren C. Perry,
then of Cornell University. Paleobotanical contributions at the Botanical
Society of America's meetings had customarily been presented before
the General Section. Professor Perry initiated discussions of forming
a formal organization of the Paleobotany Section. The idea was enhanced
by the visit to the U.S.A. of Dr. H. Hamshaw Thomas during the Pittsburgh
meeting of the Botanical Society.
The Botanical Society Council minutes for the 30th Annual Meeting,
at Washington University, St. Louis, December 31, 1935 - January 2,
1936, include an item: 'The Secretary reported a movement on the part
of several of the younger members interested in paleobotany to ask
for the formation of a paleobotanical section. The Council informally
expressed its hearty approval of such action.' The minutes for the
corresponding meeting at Atlantic City, December 29-31, 1936, include
an item:'The Secretary reported plans for the organization of a Paleobotanical
Section of the Society. The Council voted its approval of the proposal
to organize such a Section.'
Whether one accepts the initial decision of the paleobotanists
to organize in 1934 , or the final acceptance of the proposal in 1936,
the Paleobotanical Section of the Botanical Society of America is the
oldest formal organization of paleobotanists in the world."
Excerpted from Alfred Traverse, 1960, Plant Science Bulletin,
vol. 6, number 3, p.1.