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E. A. C. L. E. (Ted) Scheipe (1924-1985) — a biography

E. G. H. Oliver
Bothalia | Vol 16, No 1 | a1082 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v16i1.1082 | © 1986 E. G. H. Oliver | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 October 1986 | Published: 22 July 1986

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E. G. H. Oliver, Botanical Research Unit, Department of Agriculture and Water Supply, South Africa

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Prof. E.A.C.L.E. Scheipe was born in Durban on 27 July 1924 and died in Cape Town on  12 October 1985. He studied at the University of Natal and at Oxford, England. He was awarded an M.Sc. (S. Afr.) for a thesis on the ecology of the Natal Drakensberg and a D. Phil. (Oxon.) for a thesis on the ecology of bryophytes. For a brief period he was Curator of the Fielding Herbarium, Oxford. In  1953 he was appointed Lecturer in Botany at the University of Cape Town, until in  1973 he was awarded a full professorship (ad hominem) and the title of Director of the Bolus Herbarium. Here he established a school of taxonomy and promoted  22  theses. His main fields of research were the taxonomy and phytogeography of Pteridophyta (especially African groups) and of Orchidaceae.He has  112 publications to his credit and collected over 7 000 numbers in various regions of Africa, in Europe and the Himalayas. He was a keen gardener and was active in several societies promoting horticulture, orchidology and nature conservation. He was a member of several scientific committees and was repeatedly honoured for his work.Three children were born from his marriage to Sybella Gray, also a botanist.


biography; collecting expeditions; plant collections; publications; Scheipe E.A.C.L.E.


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