|About the Book|
Eminent Michigan botanist, Edward G. Voss, was born in Delaware, Ohio. Ed spent his entire professional career, including a productive retirement that began in 1996, at the University of Michigan, studying the plants and Lepidoptera of his adopted state.Dr. Voss received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1954. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, served as Rapporteur-general for botanical nomenclature at the XIII International Botanical Congress (Sydney, 1981) and was editor of The Michigan Botanist vols. 1-15 (1962-1976). The first volume of his Michigan Flora was honored by a Resolution of the Michigan Senate in 1972- the second volume received the H.A. Gleason Award of the New York Botanical Garden- the third and final volume was published late in 1996. Dr. Voss was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, by Denison University, his undergraduate alma mater, in 2003.He is best known among botanists for his three volume Michigan Flora, plus his work on botanical history, especially his Botanical Beachcombers, and for his long service to the International Association of Plant Taxonomy, serving as secretary of the editorial committee of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature from 1969 to 1981 and chairman from 1981 to 1987. Ed also had a strong interest in Lepidoptera, publishing a number of papers on the butterflies and moths of northern Michigan. He was a highly skilled field botanist and collector, a dedicated teacher who was very focused on showing students the living plants in their natural settings, especially during his many summers teaching at the University of Michigan Biological Station, and a strong advocate for plants and their environments.