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Thomas Harper Goodspeed

Born: May 17, 1887

Death: May 17, 1966

Birthplace: Hartford

Nationality: United States

Thomas Harper Goodspeed

Date of Birth : May 17, 1887
Date of Death : May 17, 1966
Birth Place : Hartford

Thomas Harper Goodspeed was a botanist specializing in the genetics of species Nicotiana. He was the director of the University of California Botanical Garden from 1919 to 1957. Under the direction of Goodspeed and University of California landscape architect, John William Gregg, the garden was moved from its location on the central campus to its current site in Strawberry Canyon in the hills above the campus. As director of the UCBG, Goodspeed led several plant hunting expeditions to the Andes of Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. He obtained a substantial collection of Nicotiana during these expeditions, which were then assembled at the Botanical Garden for further study. His study lead to increased understanding of the origins and diversity of tobacco species. The collection was later used to reintroduce wild disease resistance traits into domesticated species. During World War I Goodspeed, along with desert rubber expert and fellow Berkeley botanist, Harvey Monroe Hall, worked for the United States' Western strategic plants surveys for native sources of rubber.

Also known as

  • Thomas H. Goodspeed


  • Florence Duffy (Mills) Goodspeed
  • George S. Goodspeed

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada
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