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Dr. Kanchi N. Gandhi receives 2010 ASPT Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Kanchi Gandhi (right) is presented with the award by Dr. Warren L. Wagner, Chair of Botany at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.


The American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) has chosen Dr. Kanchi N. Gandhi, Harvard University Herbaria, to be honored with an ASPT Distinguished Service Award.

This award is given only occasionally and is reserved for those individuals who have made exceptional efforts for ASPT or the plant-systematics community in general. The ASPT received nominations documenting the long and intensive commitment that Dr. Gandhi has made to understanding and interpreting the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature and curating the International Plant Name Index data.

Dr. Gandhi was commended for the countless pieces of nomenclatural advice provided to taxonomists worldwide and for keeping classical expertise in the practice of taxonomy alive. The award was conferred upon Dr. Gandhi at the ASPT banquet on 3 August 2010, during the annual Botanical Society of America conference held in Providence, Rhode Island, 31 July--4 August 2010.

Dr. Gandhi, a former faculty of The National College, Bangalore-4, currently serves as the Nomenclature Editor for the Flora North America Project, President of the New England Botanical Club, Inc., Collaborator to the Index Nominum Genericorum (Plantarum), Member of the Committee for the Vascular Plants of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy, Data Contributor to USDA databases (GRIN & PLANTS), and on the editorial committees of several national and international botanical journals.

With Dr. Gandh's most recent promotion, he also holds the title of Senior Nomenclatural Registrar at the Harvard University Herbaria.

gandhi award framed

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