The Researcher, The Mentor, The Galvanizer
Sherwin John Carlquist is a botanist and a photographer who understood the basic principles of wood anatomy and evolution through his research in Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (Sherwin, (a)). Sherwin’s studies of dicotyledonous wood evolution has directed him to pursue understanding the evolutionary patterns of islands (Edward & Roy, 1997). This was the turning point where Sherwin’s work finally been acknowledged after thirty long years, on 1991. He had a grand total of 24 principles governing long-distance dispersal and evolution on islands acknowledged by other botanists (CA).
Sherwin John Carlquist was born on July 7th, 1930 in Los Angeles, son of Robert William and Helen (Bauer) Carlquist (prabook). At the age of 22, Sherwin received his undergraduate bachelor degree at University of California, then decided to do a PHD on philosophy, and graduated at 1956. While Sherwin was taking on his PHD, at the last year, 1955 – 1956, Sherwin was awarded a postdoctoral study from Harvard University, there were only Three NSF fellowships during graduate and postdoctoral years (Sherwin, (a)).
That same year, Sherwin started his teaching career as an associate…show more content… Sherwin has produced >300 scientific articles, the more common being related to wood anatomy, as well as >10 books, 4 of them dealing with islands: Island Life (1965), Hawaii: A Natural History (1970), Island Biology (1974) and Tarweeds and Silverswords: Evolution of the Madiinae (Asteraceae) (2003). In island biology (1974), Sherwin demonstrated his encyclopedic knowledge about evolutionary trends and phenomena taking place in both flora and fauna, and the selection pressure which controls them. There are four of Carlquist’s most important contributions to the development of the biology of island