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Book/Printed Material The reindeer botanist : Alf Erling Porsild, 1901-1977 Alf Erling Porsild, 1901-1977

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Title

  • The reindeer botanist : Alf Erling Porsild, 1901-1977

Other Title

  • Alf Erling Porsild, 1901-1977

Summary

  • "One of Canada's most remarkable botanists, Alf Erling Porsild (1901-1977) grew up on the Arctic Station in West Greenland, where he later served as Vice/Acting Canadian Consul (1940-43). For nearly twenty years, he studied reindeer activities in Alaska and the Northwest Territories as part of a Canadian project designed to encourage grazing animal husbandry among aboriginal peoples. As Curator of Botany at the National Museum of Canada, he collected thousands of specimens, greatly enlarging the National Herbarium and making it a superb research centre. Porsild's meticulous work and observations have particular relevance today with the growing concern over global warming in the Arctic. This long-awaited biography traces the challenging and adventurous career of an unusual, little-known scientist who battled rivalry, bureaucracy, personal disappointment, and private tragedy. In the end, he earned universal respect for his prodigious publications and intimate knowledge of the people, plants, and land around Canada's Arctic Circle. His story gives the first full account of the Canadian Reindeer Project and Canada's Consulate in wartime Greenland and describes the exploration and mapping of the Canadian flora and growth of the National Herbarium from about 1920 to Porsild's retirement in 1967."-- Source other than Library of Congress.

Names

  • Dathan, Patricia Wendy, 1934-
  • Arctic Institute of North America

Created / Published

  • Calgary : University of Calgary Press, [2012]
  • ©2012

Headings

  • -  Porsild, A. E.--(Alf Erling),--1901-1977
  • -  Botanists--Canada--Biography
  • -  Scientists--Canada--Biography
  • -  Botany--Canada, Northern
  • -  Reindeer farming--Canada, Northern
  • -  Canadian Reindeer Project--History
  • -  National Herbarium of Canada--History

Notes

  • -  Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • -  Co-published by: Arctic Institute of North America.
  • -  Description based on print version record; resource not viewed.

Medium

  • 1 electronic resource (xxii, 726 pages )

Call Number/Physical Location

  • QK31.P67

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2019667125

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  • Unrestricted online access

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  • pdf

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Chicago citation style:

Dathan, Patricia Wendy, and Arctic Institute Of North America. The reindeer botanist: Alf Erling Porsild, -1977. [Calgary: University of Calgary Press, ©, 2012] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2019667125/.

APA citation style:

Dathan, P. W. & Arctic Institute Of North America. (2012) The reindeer botanist: Alf Erling Porsild, -1977. [Calgary: University of Calgary Press, ©] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2019667125/.

MLA citation style:

Dathan, Patricia Wendy, and Arctic Institute Of North America. The reindeer botanist: Alf Erling Porsild, -1977. [Calgary: University of Calgary Press, ©, 2012] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2019667125/>.