Wilson Nichols Stewart

Wilson Nichols Stewart, palaeobotanist, educator (born at Madison, Wisconsin 7 Dec 1917; died at Kootney, BC, 2 Apr 2004). An imaginative and creative scientist, Stewart strongly influenced the field of BOTANY during his tenure at the University of Alberta (U of A).

Wilson Nichols Stewart

Wilson Nichols Stewart, palaeobotanist, educator (born at Madison, Wisconsin 7 Dec 1917; died at Kootney, BC, 2 Apr 2004). An imaginative and creative scientist, Stewart strongly influenced the field of BOTANY during his tenure at the University of Alberta (U of A). Following completion of a PhD at the University of Wisconsin (1947), Stewart established a sound reputation at the University of Illinois, Urbana, for work with Isoetales and their fossil relatives and with pteridosperms. He became a professor at U of A in 1966 and was chairman of its botany department until 1971. Following retirement in 1978, Stewart undertook the writing of a comprehensive and finely illustrated textbook, Palaeobotany and the Evolution of Plants (1983; 2nd ed, 1993), a lasting contribution.