| Edward Tuckerman 1817 - 1886
Professor Edward Tuckerman
College Biographical Record, Centennial Edition (1821-1921)
Edward Tuckerman was born in Boston on December 7, 1817. The eldest
son of a merchant, he prepared for college at Boston Latin School and
graduated from Union College in 1837 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
His graduate studies include a Law Degree from Harvard College in 1839,
and a Master of Arts Degree from Union College in 1843. Desiring to
obtain an academic degree from Harvard, he entered as a senior in 1846
and graduated with a B.A. in 1847. Tuckerman then completed the courses
of study at Harvard Divinity School in 1852.
Edward Tuckerman married in 1854 and was a lecturer in History at Amherst
College where he was appointed professor of Botany in 1858. He held
that position until his death. Tuckerman was elected a member of the
National Academy of Sciences in 1868. He died from complications of
Bright's Disease on March 15, 1886.
Tuckerman was a man of uncommonly broad scholarly culture, whose life
was devoted unreservedly to study. He was attracted early to lichens
and his botanical publications dealt with New England plants of this
group largely of his own collecting in the White Mountains. Lichens
had been studied scarcely at all by American students and he himself
was the first to explore for them in the mountains of New England.
This he did with notable success and his exploration for lichens on
Mount Washington led to the naming of Tuckerman Ravine in his honor.
Of gentle, sensitive disposition and retiring temperament, Tuckerman
was noted for his amiability, helpfulness, and exquisite taste and
equally for his independent criticism. He was also known for his
of antiquarian and genealogical research and his studious attention
to philosophy, divinity and law.
Biography from Dictionary of American Biography