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Guide to the Kenneth V. Thimann papers
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Description
This collection contains correspondence, field notebooks, and research files.
Background
Kenneth V. Thimann was a pioneering researcher in the field of plant physiology. He was best known for describing the functions of hormones in the control and development of plants. In particular, he identified the growth hormone known as auxin and characterized its chemical structure, a discovery of critical importance to the agriculture and horticulture industries. He also was highly regarded for his research on the biosynthesis of pigments responsible for the colors of flowers and fruits, and the action of various zones of the light spectrum on photosynthesis. Later in life, he began to focus on the factors controlling the mechanisms of plant senescence, especially the aging of leaves.
Extent
64 cartons
Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Availability
Collection is unprocessed and unavailable for research.