frederick charles newcombe


Botany 1890-

FREDERICK CHARLES NEWCOMBE was born at Flint, Michigan, May 1, 1858, son of Thomas and Eliza (Gayton) Newcombe. His parents came to this country from England in 1849, both being descended from landholders and farmers of Devonshire. His early education was obtained in the public schools of Flint. From 1880 to 1887 he taught in the Michigan School for the Deaf at Flint. In 1887 he entered the University of Michigan, and was graduated Bachelor of Science in 1890. He was immediately appointed Instructor in Botany at the University. The year 1892-1893 was spent at the University of Leipzig, where he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the end of the year. He returned to Ann Arbor to become Acting Assistant Professor of Botany in the University. Two years later he became Assistant Professor of Botany, and in 1897 Junior Professor. In 1905 he was made Professor of Botany. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of which he was one of the secretaries in 1899; a member of the Botanical Society of America; of the Society for Plant Morphology and Physiology, and its first vice-president in 1901; and of the Michigan Academy of Science. Of the last-named he was secretary in 1894, vice president from 1894 to 1896, and president in 1903.  He has published a number of scientific papers in the botanical journals.  He was married to Susan Eastman, of Flint, in 1885.

Burke A. Hinsdale and Isaac Newton Demmon, History of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1906), pp. 323-324.