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Authorised form of nameArber; Agnes (1879 - 1960)
Other forms of nameRobertson, Agnes
SurnameArber
ForenamesAgnes
Dates1879 - 1960
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
London, England (23 February 1879)
Death:
Hope Nursing Home, Cambridge (22 March 1960)
Burial Place:
Churchyard, Girton Church
ActivityResearch Field:
Botany; evolution of plant morphology
Education:
North London Collegiate School for Girls (1887); University College, London, BSc (1899); Newnham College, Cambridge
Career:
Rsearch Assistant to Miss Ethel Sargant, who had a private laboratory in her home, Reigate (1902); Quain Student in Biology, University College, London (1903-1908); research work at Balfour Laboratory, Newnham College (after 1909-1927); studied grasses and fossil plants; studied early printed herbals and published a book on them (1912); Research Fellow, Newnham College (1912-1913 and 1918-1920); Fellow of University College, London; Keddey Fletcher-Warr Student, University of London (1920-1923); Leverhulme Research Fellow (1936-1938); first woman botanist to be elected to the Royal Society
Memberships:
FLS (1908); Botanical Society of America (Corresponding Member)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
21/03/1946
RelationshipsDaughter of Henry Robert Robertson who ran a private school at Slough, and his wife Agnes Lucy Turner; married (05 August 1909) Edward Alexander Newell Arber, demonstrator in paleobotany, Cambridge University; one daughter
SourcesSources:
DSB
Obituaries:
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1960 vol 6 pp 1-11, plate, by H Hamshaw Thomas
References:
Joan Mason, 'The Women Fellows' Jubilee' in NR 1995 vol 49 pp 125-140
Kathryn Packer, 'A Laboratory of One's Own: The Life and Works of Agnes Arber, FRS (1879-1960)' in NR 1997 vol 51 pp 87-104
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/100968547
Royal Society codeNA7959
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/GA/WS/2291Arber, Agnes09 May 1946
NLB/22/703Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Miss Agnes Robertson, [Fellow of the Royal Society], 9 Elsworthy Terrace, N.W.27 June 1901
NLB/52/468Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr. B. Daydon Jackson15 December 1915
NLB/58/372Copy letter from Edwin Deller, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Mrs. Agnes Arber, FRS; 52 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge26 April 1920
RR/25/2Referee's report by Harold William Taylor Wager, on a paper 'On the occurrence of multinucleate cells vegetative tissues' by Rudolf Beer and Agnes Arber[July 1918]
RR/26/3Referee's report by Frederick Orpen Bower, on a paper 'On the development and morphology of the leaves of palms' by Agnes Arber[October 1921]
NLB/58/360Copy letter from Edwin Deller, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Mrs. [Agnes] Arber, FRS; 52 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge23 April 1920
NLB/57/107Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor VH [Vernon Herbert] Blackman, FRS, Chairman, Botany Committee24 July 1919
NLB/61/835Copy letter from William Bate Hardy, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr. Agnes Arber, FRS31 October 1921
NLB/53/42Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to [George William] Lamplugh Esq.,Chairman of the Geology Committee of the Royal Society and FRS21 March 1916
RR/25/3Referee's report by William Henry Lang, on a paper 'On the occurrence of multinucleate cells vegetative tissues' by Rudolf Beer and Agnes Arber[August 1918]
EC/1946/01Arber, Agnes: certificate of election to the Royal Society
NLB/61New Letter Book volume 61, copy letters sent from Royal Society administration26 April 1921-11 November 1921
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