Educated in Williamstown, University of Melbourne, Victoria, and Imperial College, London, joining the staff of the Botany Department, University of Melbourne, in 1931. Moved to Western Australia from Victoria in 1947 as foundation Head of Botany at the University of Western Australia, becoming Professor of Botany in 1957. His research spanned ecophysiology, mycology, bacterial and viral plant infections, and rehabilitation of mine sites. Taxonomically, his major contribution was in taking over the work of W.E.Blackall, to produce, in several editions, the innovative illustrated key to the flora of Western Australia's south-west, How to Know Western Australian Wildflowers.
Extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed., ABRS. [consult for source references]