Francis Raymond Fosberg

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Francis Raymond Fosberg
Born(1908-05-20)20 May 1908
Died25 September 1993(1993-09-25) (aged 85)
Nationality United States

Francis Raymond Fosberg (20 May 1908 – 25 September 1993) was an American

botanist. A prolific collector and author, he played a significant role in the development of coral reef and island studies.[1][2]


Ray Fosberg was born in


He became interested in island

Charles Montague Cooke, Jr.
The expedition visited 25 high islands and 31 coral islands, and Fosberg and St. John brought back 15,000 plant specimens.

Fosberg received his


In 1951, Fosberg and Sachet began working at the United States Geological Survey where they were responsible for mapping the military geology of islands in the Pacific. In 1966 they joined the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in the tropical biology branch of the Ecology program. In 1968 Fosberg transferred to the Department of Botany, where he became curator. In 1976 he became Senior Botanist, and in 1993 Botanist Emeritus.

José Cuatrecasas and Fosberg were largely responsible for the founding of UNESCO's Organization for Flora Neotropica in 1964.[4]


Fosberg has contributed to more than 700 books and papers. In 1980 he helped publish A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon (


External links

Smithsonian Institution Archives