Botanist, famed explorer honoredUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Over the 12 years he spent exploring Hawaii and plant collecting, he published 56 papers and described many new plant species. In 1920, he left UH to spend the next three decades in active exploration and research for the National Geographic Society, studying the flora, peoples and languages of China, Tibet, Burma and Thailand. In April 1962, UH honored Rock with a Doctor of Science degree. He died in Honolulu on December 7, 1962, at the age of 79.
Botany Department Chairperson Dr. Tom Ranker said, "Almost 100 years after the herbarium's collections were started, it is timely to honor Joseph Rock not only as a pioneering botanist and plant explorer but also for his many scientific contributions in linguistics, philology, history, geography and anthropology. He was a man of wide interests, talent and vision."
For more information, please contact Tom Ranker, Joseph F. Rock Herbarium, UH Manoa, Department of Botany, St. John Plant Science Laboratory, 3190 Maile Way, Room 101. Tel: (808) 956-4168, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit: http://www.herbarium.hawaii.edu/