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Collection Level Description: Papers of Geoffrey H.S. Wood

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 556
Title: Papers of Geoffrey H.S. Wood
Dates of Creation: 1952-1957
Extent: 1 folder

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Geoffrey Howorth Spencer Wood (1927-1957) was educated at Aymestrey School nr. Worcester, at Clayesmore, and at Keble College, Oxford, where he read Botany, graduating in 1948. After winning the Colonial Probationership for Forestry and studying forestry for a year, he proceeded on his first tour of Uganda, then returned to Oxford to take the Final Honour School of Forestry, in which he gained first class honours in 1952.

He returned to Uganda, was appointed District Forestry Officer for Busoga Province, then transferred to the Colonial Research Service as a Senior Scientific Officer and was sent to North Borneo as Forest Botanist, 1954, stopping midway to undertake a few months' study at the Forest Research Institute, Kepong, Malaya. In North Borneo his work included special investigations into species of Dipterocarpaceae; his collected specimens in this field were later housed in many herbaria, including at Kepong, Kew, Leiden and Oxford. He died in 1957 as a result of burns received in an accident at his camp while on a collecting tour in Brunei.

Scope and Content

Letters and press cuttings from and about Wood, 1952-1957.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated by Robert A. Devereux (friend) on 11th December 1997.

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Bodleian reader's ticket required.

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No reproduction or publication of papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

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Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Access Points

Wood | Geoffrey H.S. | 1927-1957 | botanist

Botanists | Africa, East | Biography

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