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Healing the planet: medicinal plants and the legacy of Richard E. Schultes

Balick, Michael [1].

Reflections on Richard Evans Schultes, the Society for Economic Botany and the trajectory of ethnobotanical research.

The life and work of Richard Evans Schultesóteacher, mentor and friendóresulted in a most extraordinary legacy that impacted an entire academic discipline as well as the tropical rainforest where he spent so much of his time. His life and times have been brilliantly chronicled by Wade Davis in the biography "One River: Exploration and Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forest" (Simon & Schuster, 1997). At this, the tenth anniversary of his passing in 2001, we celebrate, with this symposium, his life and academic contributions. Professor Schultes, as his students always called him with such great reverence, was a founder of The Society for Economic Botany in 1959 and edited our journal for 18 years, from 1962-1979. His multidisciplinary scientific research program began in 1936 with that well-known trip to Oklahoma and lasted far beyond his retirement from Harvard in 1985. Professor Schultes' mentorship of dozens of Ph.D. students during his career at Harvard, combined with his teaching, lecturing and inspiration of tens of thousands of students throughout his long and distinguished career, did much to influence the trajectory of ethnobotany and economic botany. His values are deeply infused in the lives and professional activities of his numerous students, and I will elaborate on this, using examples from my own work.

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1 - New York Botanical Garden, 200th St And Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY, 10458, USA

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Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY04
Location: Maryland Room/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Time: 10:45 AM
Number: SY04007
Abstract ID:758

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