Amos Arthur Heller

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Amos Arthur Heller
Born (1867-03-21)March 21, 1867
Died May 19, 1944(1944-05-19) (aged 77)
Nationality American
Alma mater Franklin & Marshall College
Spouse(s) Emily Gertrude Heller
Scientific career
Fields Botany
Author abbrev. (botany) A.Heller

Amos Arthur Heller (March 21, 1867 – May 19, 1944) was an American botanist. Heller was one of the most prolific western collectors from 1892 until 1940.[1]

Early life

Heller was born in Danville, Pennsylvania.

In 1892, Heller received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin & Marshall College. In 1897, he received a Master's degree in Botany from Franklin & Marshall College.[2]


From 1896 to 1898, Heller was a professor of Botany at the University of Minnesota.[2]

From 1898 to 1899, Heller worked on the Vanderbilt Expedition to Puerto Rico under the auspices of the New York Botanical Garden.[2]

Starting in 1905, Heller was a professor of Botany at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California.[2]

After moving to California, Heller and his wife, Emily Gertrude Heller, founded the botanical journal Muhlenbergia and Heller continued to edit that journal until 1915.[1] While living in Los Gatos, California, south of San Francisco from 1904 to 1908, Heller collected extensively in central California. He also obtained an impressive collection from Puerto Rico. In 1913, Heller moved to Chico, California, and taught at the local high school, but continued to collect botanical specimens.[3]

His first herbarium of over 10,000 sheets is at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and his second herbarium and library is at the University of Washington, in Seattle. At the University of Washington, Heller's Puerto Rico plant collecting itineraries of 1900 and 1902–1903 and their utility for the historical study of endangered plants are housed.[4]

Personal life

In 1896, Heller married Emily Gertrude Heller (née Halbach). She frequently collaborated with him both in the collection of specimens as well as illustrating his numerous publications.[1]

Botanist author abbreviation


  1. ^ a b c Williams, Roger L. (2003). "A region of astonishing beauty". Lanham (Md.): R. Rinehart. p. 146. ISBN 1570983976.
  2. ^ a b c d Jordan, H.E. (February 1908). "The Pennsylvania-German As Biologist". The Penn Germania: A Popular Journal of German History and Ideals in the United States. Cleona, PA: Holzapfel Publishing Company. IX (2): 63.
  3. ^ California State University, Sacramento Archived October 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved on July 1, 2008
  4. ^ Santiago-Valentín, Eugene (July 2005). "Amos Arthur Heller's Puerto Rico plant collecting itineraries of 1900 and 1902–1903 and their utility for the historical study of endangered plants". Brittonia. Allen Press. Retrieved July 1, 2008. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ IPNI.  A.Heller.

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