George F. Papenfuss correspondence, 1929-1981
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Brief Description: Correspondence received by George Fredrik Papenfuss, phycologist and professor of Botany at the University of California, Berkeley.
Held at:
University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley ,  University and Jepson Herbaria
1001 Valley Life Sciences
Berkeley, CA 94720 2465
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Created by: Papenfuss, George Frederik (1903-1981)
Volume: 14.0 Linear Feet
Arrangement: Original order maintained. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent or topic, and then in reverse chronological order within each folder.
Biographical Note for Papenfuss, George Frederik (1903-1981) :

George Frederik (Frederick) Papenfuss was born in 1903 near Harrismith, Orange Free State, South Africa.  He left South Africa for the United States in 1926 and attended  North Carolina State College, graduating with high honors in 1929. He then began graduate school at John Hopkins University, where he initially planned on studying plant pathology but became interested in marine phycology after spending a summer at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine. His dissertation was on the life history of the filamentous brown algae Ectocarpus.  While in graduate school he married fellow student Emma Jean Johnstone.

After graduating in 1933 he taught for a year at Johns Hopkins and then received a postdoctoral fellowship to study with the Swedish marine phycologists Harald Kylin and Nils Svedelius.  He was able to extend his fellowship for a year to collect seaweeds in South Africa, and then was able to obtain funding from the Carnegie Corporation for 1935-1939 to continue collecting, surveying 2000 miles of coastline and assembling a vast collection of South African seaweeds. In 1939 he began working at the University of Hawaii, and in 1942 he received a two year fellowship from the Carnegie Corporation to study at the University of California, Berkeley with William A. Setchell. After Setchell's death in 1943, Papenfuss was hired in 1944 as an assistant  professor at Berkeley, where he worked until his retirement in 1971.

He was a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, a Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, and a Honorary Member of the South African Association of Botanists.  He was president of the California Botanical Society, the Western Society of Naturalists, and the International Phycological Congress. 

He passed away in Berkeley, California on December 8, 1981.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Botanists - California
University of California, Berkeley.
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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PreferredCitation: George F. Pappenfuss Correspondence, University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley.