Albert Charles Smith (April 5, 1906 – May 23, 1999) was an
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He was a director of the
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, and chaired several important scientific societies, such as the
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. Smith was elected to membership in the
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in 1963, and was a distinguished botanist who specialized in
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. He worked in the
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. Smith, Albert Charles
Kew Gardens


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*Wagner, W. L. and D. H. Lorence. (2001) "Albert Charles Smith (1906-1999): a monumental botanist." ''Allertonia'' 8: 329–339. 1906 births 1999 deaths Members of the United States National Academy of Sciences Smithsonian Institution people 20th-century American botanists {{US-botanist-stub