John Muirhead Macfarlane writings
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John Muirhead Macfarlane was a Scottish botanist who was born in 1855 and died in 1943. He held academic positions at the University of Edinburgh before moving to the United States in 1893. He then became a botany professor at the University of Pennsylvania, a position he held until his retirement in 1920, as well as the director of Penn's Botanic Garden. Macfarlane was also a well-known author in his field and he published his most famous book, The Causes and Course of Organic Evolution, A Study in Bioenergics, in 1918 along with several others including The Evolution and Distribution of Flowering Plants, and The Evolution and Distribution of Fishes, Fishes, the Source of Our Petroleum, and The Quantity and Sources of Our Petroleum Supplies.
This collection includes several manuscripts and typescripts for writings by John Muirhead Macfarlane, dating from 1923 to 1929, after his retirement in 1920. The typescripts include Fishes the Source of Petroleum from 1922; a report from the Spec. American Petroleum Institute from 1925; "The Origin and Amount of Petroleum Supplies: A Study, a Criticism, and a Review of Criticisms" from 1929; and "The Evolution and Distribution of Asclepiadaceae" which is undated. The manuscript dates to 1923 and is titled, "The Fishes of the Ancient Mediterranean Basin in Relation to Supplies of Petroleum."
Gifts of John Muirhead Macfarlane, 1923 and 1930.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Kelin Baldridge
- Finding Aid Date
- 2017 January 19
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