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Bacigalupi, Rimo C. (1901-1996) | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Name: Bacigalupi, Rimo C. (1901-1996)


Historical Note:

Rimo Bacigalupi (1917-1983) was the first curator of the Jepson Herbarium at the University of California, Berkeley.  He was born in San Francisco on March 24, 1901 and developed an interest in natural history while attending Lowell High School.  He received his A. B. degree in Botany in 1923  and his  A. M. degree from Stanford in 1925, studying Garrya with Professor Le Roy Abrams. He taught botany and Italian at Mills College before obtaining his Ph. D. in 1931 from Harvard University, where he studied the North American species of Perezia with Professor B. L. Robinson.

After finishing his doctorate he returned to California and was hired as a botanist for the California Forest Experimental Station from 1933-1938.  He served in the  U. S. Army for five years during World War II and then was hired at Stanford as a biology instructor from 1946-1949.  In 1950 he was hired as the first curator of the Jepson Herbarium which was created at the bequest of Willis Linn Jepson. He retired in 1968 but continued his research at the Herbarium until 1983.

He passed away August 23, 1996 at his home in Berkeley.

Sources: Constance, Lincoln, and Paul Silva. “Jepson Herbarium: Obituary of Rimo Charles Bacigalupi (1901-1996).” http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/history/biog/bacigalupi_obit.html.





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