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Circa 1930

William Henry "Cap" Weston, Jr. [1890-1978]

Courtesy of The Archives of the Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany


William H. Weston, Jr. was born in New York, N.Y. in 1890 and died in August of 1978. He received a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College in 1911, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University from 1912 and 1915. He spent several years working at Western Reserve University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but returned to Harvard in 1921 as an Assistant Professor of Botany. Weston, known as "Cap" to both colleagues and graduate students, would remain an instructor in the department until his retirement in 1960. He was appointed Professor of Cryptogamic Botany in 1928 and was the chairman of the department of botany from 1927 to 1932. He was beloved by his graduate students as a humorous and inspiring teacher. Weston's skill at teaching is honored with the Mycological Society of America's William H. Weston Award for excellence in teaching, established in 1979.

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