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Robert Almer Harper

Born: Jan 21, 1862

Death: May 12, 1946

Birthplace: Le Claire

Nationality: United States

Robert Almer Harper

Date of Birth : Jan 21, 1862
Date of Death : May 12, 1946
Birth Place : Le Claire

Robert Almer Harper was an American botanist. The younger brother of Edward Thompson Harper, Robert was born in Le Claire, Iowa to Congressional Minister Almer Harper and Eunice Thompson. The family moved to Port Byron, Illinois in 1863, where Robert attended local schools. He matriculated to Oberlin College, his father's alma mater, where he graduated with a A. B. in 1886. During the Fall of 1886 he performed graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, then he was professor of Greek and Latin at Gates College in Neligh, Nebraska during 1886–88. In 1889–91 he was an instructor at the Lake Forest Academy. After receiving his A. M. degree from Oberlin, he was appointed professor of botany and geology in 1891–98 at Lake Forest University. During the period 1894 to 1896, took a sabbatical to attend graduate school at the University of Bonn in Germany where he studied cytology and mycology; he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1896. Harper became Professor of Botany at the University of Wisconsin in 1898, where he would teach until 1911. On June 25, 1899, he was married to Alice Jean McQueen; she died in 1909.


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  • Almer Sexton Harper
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