Nancy Adams biography

Nancy Adams

Female, Deceased Person

1926 – 2007


Who was Nancy Adams?

Jacqueline Nancy Mary Adams, CBE, QSO was a New Zealand botanist, botanical artist, and museum curator. Born in Levin in 1926, Nancy Adams attended Wellington Girls’ College and Victoria University of Wellington, studying zoology and botany. At 16 she joined the Botany Division of New Zealand's Department of Scientific and Industrial Research DSIR. She worked there until 1959, when she was appointed to the Dominion Museum as assistant Curator of Botany with a special responsibility for algae. She retired from her position at the museum in 1987 but continued to be an Honorary Research Associate of the Museum.

Nancy Adams was a prolific artist, illustrating nearly forty publications on native plants, alpine life, trees and shrubs. She received international recognition for her detailed and delicate algal illustrations. Awards included the Loder Cup in 1964, the Queen's Service Order in 1989, and the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.


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May 19, 1926
  • Wellington Girls College
  • Victoria University of Wellington
Mar 27, 2007

on July 23, 2013

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