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Biographical entry Aston, Helen Isobel (1934 - )

Born
1934
Occupation
Ornithologist and Taxonomic botanist

Summary

Helen Aston is a botanist recognised as an authority on Australian vascular aquatic plants. She started her research in this neglected field after joining the staff of the National Herbarium of Victoria in 1957. Her papers were often illustrated with her own botanical drawings. In 1973 she published the landmark Aquatic plants of Australia. For ten years she was Curator of the Herbarium. Aston is equally well-known as an ornithologist, being an active member of several ornithological organisations and participating regularly in bird population surveys. She published A bird atlas of the Melbourne region in 1978. The genus Astonia was named in her honour.

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Events

1957
Education - BSc, University of Melbourne
1957 - 1964
Career position - Assistant Botanist, National Herbarium of Victoria
1964 - 1965
Career position - Botanist, National Herbarium of Victoria
1965 - 1982
Career position - Senior Botanist, National Herbarium of Victoria
1971 - 1973
Career position - President, Bird Observers' Club
1973 - 1974
Career position - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
1978 - 1988
Career position - Editor, Muelleria
1979
Award - Australian Natural History Medallion
1982 - 1991
Career position - Curator, National Herbarium of Victoria

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Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Aston, H. I., 'The herbarium and plant collections of Norman A. Wakefield (1918-1972)', Muelleria, vol. 4, 1972, pp. 251-63. Details
  • Aston, H. I., 'Obituary: Dr James Hamlyn Willis A.M. 28 January 1910-10 November 1995', Muelleria, vol. 10, 1996, pp. 21-5. Details
  • Aston, H. I., 'Jean Galbraith 28 March 1906-2 January 1999: a tribute', Victorian naturalist, vol. 116, 1999, pp. 73-5. Details
  • Aston, Helen, 'Publication Dates of Early Scientific Journals in Victoria', Muelleria, vol. 5, 1984, pp. 281-288. Details
  • Aston, Helen, 'Villarsia - One of Mueller's Puzzles', Victorian Naturalist, vol. 113, 1996, pp. 151-152. Details

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See also

Helen Cohn