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Barnes, Charles Reid, 1858-1910



  • Existence: September 7, 1858 - February 24, 1910

Biographical Information

Charles Reid Barnes was born in Madison, Indiana on September 7, 1858. He graduated from Hanover College in 1877 and afterward studied at Harvard University. After teaching in public schools for a few years, he became a professor of Botany at Purdue University in 1882.

In 1887 he left for the University of Wisconsin and spent eleven years there developing and maintaining a Department of Botany. In 1898 he became a professor of plant physiology at the University of Chicago.

In addition to teaching at universities, Barnes also served as the coeditor of the Botanical Gazette from 1883 until his death in 1910.

Barnes was active in several associations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1884-1899), for which he served as secretary of the botanical section (1894), secretary of the council (1895), general secretary (1896) and vice-president of the botanical section (1898); and the Botanical Society of America (1894-1904), for which he served as the secretary (1894-1898) and later president (1903-1904). Barnes also served as a delegate to the 1905 International Botanical Congress in Vienna.

Barnes died from an accidental fall on February 24, 1910.


Botanical Gazette, Vol. 49, No. 5 (May, 1910), pp. 321-324.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Charles R. Barnes papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 70, Placement: 07
Identifier: MSF 25
Scope and Contents This collection contains two folders with articles written by Charles Barnes, one folder of letters, and a book written by Barnes.
Dates: 1882 - 1899