Thomas Jonathan Burrill

Botanist, Deceased Person

1839 – 1916

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Who was Thomas Jonathan Burrill?

Thomas Jonathan Burrill was an American botanist who first discovered bacterial causes for plant disease. He introduced Erwinia amylovora as the causal agent of pear fire blight.

Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, he graduated Illinois State Normal University in 1865. In 1868, he was elected professor of botany and horticulture at University of Illinois and remained there the rest of his career, eventually serving as Vice President in 1882.

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Born
Apr 25, 1839
Pittsfield
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Illinois State University
Died
Apr 14, 1916

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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