The José Cuatrecasas Medal for Excellence in Tropical Botany was presented to Dr. Rogers McVaugh during the proceedings of the Smithsonian Botanical Symposium. Dr. McVaugh, Professor of Botany Emeritus at the University of Michigan and Research Professor of Botany at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is noted for his lifelong study of Mexican plants and the family Myrtaceae. In addition, he wrote the biographies of botanists Edward Palmer, Oliver Atkins Farwell, and Elisha Mitchell.
The José Cuatrecasas Medal is a new award that will be presented annually to a botanist and scholar of international stature who has contributed significantly to advancing the field of tropical botany. The Medal is named in honor of Dr. José Cuatrecasas, a pioneering botanist and taxonomist who spent nearly a half-century working in the Smithsonian Institution's Department of Botany. Dr. Cuatrecasas devoted his career to plant exploration in tropical South America and this award serves to keep vibrant the accomplishments and memory of this outstanding scientist.
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