Walter Lewis

Botany

Ethnobotanist: World expert on airborne and allergenic pollen and famous for targeting medicinal plants in the tropical rain forest.

"Do what you enjoy and go where your heart takes you."

Birthdate
June 26, 1930

Birthplace
Ottawa, Ontario

Residence
St. Louis, Missouri

Family Members
  • Father: John Wilfred
  • Mother: Florence
  • Spouse: Memory Elvin-Lewis, Professor of Biomedicine, Washington University
  • Children: Memoria; Walter H., Jr.

Personality
Congenial, determined

Favorite Music
Andean flute music

Other Interests
Gardening, antiques, family, travel

Title
Professor of Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Office
Biology Department, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Status
Semi-retired

Degrees
  • BA (Honours) UBC, 1951
  • MSc (Botany and Biology), UBC, 1954
  • PhD (Biology), University of Virginia, 1957
  • Post doctoral work at Kew Gardens, London and at the Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm.

Awards
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1963
  • DuPont Fellowship, 1953
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, 1983
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London, 1987
  • Martin de la Cruz Silver Medal (Mexican Academy of Traditional Medicine), 2000
  • Janaki-Ammal Medal (Indian Ethnobotany Society), 2004

Mentor

Walter H. Flory who was his thesis advisor for his PhD.


Last Updated
June 3, 2011

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