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Ernst Bessey

Born: Feb 20, 1877

Death: Jul 17, 1957

Birthplace: Ames

Nationality: United States

Ernst Bessey

Date of Birth : Feb 20, 1877
Date of Death : Jul 17, 1957
Birth Place : Ames

Ernst Athearn Bessey was an American mycologist, botanist and plant pathologist who served Professor of Mycology and Botany and Dean of the Graduate School at Michigan State University. He was the son of another famous botanist, Charles Edwin Bessey. Bessey was born in Ames, Iowa, where his father was professor of botany at Iowa Agricultural College. In 1884 he moved to Lincoln, Nebraska when his father moved to the University of Nebraska. Bessey attended the University of Nebraska, receiving an Bachelor of Arts in 1896, a Bachelor of Science in 1897, and a Master of Arts in 1898. He then moved to Germany where he did his doctoral work at the University of Halle under the supervision of Georg Klebs. After completing his Ph.D. in 1904 he served as an agricultural explorer United States Department of Agriculture visiting Russia, Central Asia and Algeria. After returning to the United States he worked for the USDA and Louisiana State University before moving to Michigan Agricultural College in 1910. Bessey remained at Michigan State until his retirement in 1946.

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