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Ref No PRI
Collection Title William Price Papers
Title William Price Papers
Description This collection comprises a diary, plant lists and autobiographical notes compiled between 1911 and 1974
Creator Name Price, William Robert (1886-1975)
Date 7 Dec 1911-Oct 1974
Level Collection
Extent 2 boxes, 0.8 metres
Administrative History William Robert Price (known to his friends as Robin Price) was born in 1886 and attended Harrow School and Trinity College Cambridge, from which he graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences, with a particular focus on Botany, in 1908. In 1909 he commenced work as a Temporary Assistant in Kew's Herbarium, where he met Henry John Elwes. In Dec 1911 Elwes and Price travelled to Formosa to collect plant specimens for the Herbarium at Kew. After Elwes returned to England, Price proceeded to Japan on 31 Dec 1912, also visiting Korea and China. He returned to England in May 1913. Price served in France as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War. In 1920 he married and moved to the Cotswolds, and he spent the Second World War in the Home Guard. In 1946 he returned to London, and on the death of his wife in 1965 he resumed travel and plant collecting. He had previously worked as an accountant. In Mar 1967 Price made a return visit to Taiwan, where he lectured at the Biology Department of Taiwan Normal University. He travelled widely throughout eastern Asia on this trip, including a visit to Jesselton (now Kota Kinablu) in Malaysia, where he searched for Rafflesia. In 1968 Price returned to Kew, where he worked both in the Herbarium and in the Library with the Illustrations collection. Price was an honorary member of the Linnean Society. He died on 31 Jul 1975
Custodial History The Life of a Botanist was acquired by Kew in 1976 and Plant Collecting in Formosa was acquired prior to 1977. Otherwise unknown
Series PRI/1 Documents relating to plant collecting trips
PRI/2 Autobiographical notes
Arrangement This collection has been split into two series. PRI/1 relates to Price's plant collecting trips, and includes the sub-series PRI/1/1 for documents relating to Price's 1912 trip to Formosa. PRI/2 contains autobiographical material concerning Price
Language English
Physical Description Typescripts, manuscript papers
Related Material Directors' Correspondence (DC) 149 f 262-3
DC 152 f. 64a-77
E. Milne-Redhead Miscellaneous Correspondence PER-REI f 5774
Rose, Tania/AVC DVD recollecting W Robert Price time at Kew 1910s-1970s
Subject Exploration
Plant Collecting
Show related Persons records.
Code PersonName Dates
DS/UK/109 Price; William Robert (1886-31 Jul 1975); Mr 1886-31 Jul 1975
Code Set
NA51 Taiwan/Asia
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