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Harry Marshall Ward

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Harry Marshall Ward (1854-1906) FRS, botanist

1854 born in Hereford, the eldest son of Francis Marshall Ward, professor of music, and his wife, Mary Hannah East.

Educated at the cathedral school at Lincoln, and at a private school at Nottingham.

1874 and 1875 he attended lectures by T. H. Huxley and W. T. Thiselton-Dyer at the Royal College of Science, South Kensington.

1875 he went to Owens College, Manchester.

1876 Awarded an open science scholarship at Christ's College, Cambridge.

1879 Graduated with first-class honours in the natural sciences tripos.

Two years in Ceylon investigating the coffee-leaf disease that was ravaging the island.

1882 Elected Berkeley fellow at Owens College and became assistant lecturer at Manchester for the next three years.

1883 he was elected to a fellowship at Christ's College

1883 married Selina Mary Kingdon

1885 Became professor of botany in the Royal Indian Engineering College, Coopers Hill.

1888 He was elected to the Royal Society

1895 Became professor of botany at Cambridge. Under his care the school acquired such importance that the university erected a new and well-equipped botanical institute, opened in 1904.

1892–9 Collaborated with Percy Frankland investigating on the bacteriology of water at the request of the Royal Society. His conclusions about the destructive effects of light upon bacteria attracted public attention because of their hygienic implications.

1893 Read a paper to the Camera Club entitled "Living Photographs"

1906 Died at Babbacombe, Torquay.

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