Robert Kingston Vickery Jr.

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Title: Professor Emeritus
University of Utah
Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Robert Kingston Vickery Jr., professor emeritus for the University of Utah, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in plant biology.

Dr. Vickery is an award-winning professor and author whose expertise in botany and biology is matched only by his passion for the field. Retired since 1994, he concluded his illustrious career as a professor at the University of Utah, where he taught for 42 years. During his tenure with the university, he chaired the genetics department for three years and established a program as part of the biology curriculum that brought students to the Galapagos Islands. The trip became an instrumental part of the evolution coursework and eventually expanded to local high school and junior high schools in partnership with the Board of Education in Utah. Dr. Vickery was previously a member of the fellow panel for the National Institutes of Health and spent many summer sessions as a visiting professor of biology at several universities, most notably Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Distinguished as a research fellow of the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Vickery has shared his expertise in botany through several written works. He is the author of “Manual of Native Plants of the Salt Lake Region” and contributed nearly 100 articles to professional journals on the subject.  To prepare for his career, Dr. Vickery completed his education. In 1944, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in engineering at Stanford University.  Thereafter, he served in the U.S. Air Force for three years as a first lieutenant and an officer in charge of control towers on IWO Jima. Upon completing his service, he returned to Stanford University, where he achieved a Master of Arts in biology in 1948 and a PhD in genetics in 1952. He remained at the top of his field through his involvement with the International Organization of Plant Biosystematists, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the California Botanical Society. Looking ahead to the future, Dr. Vickery intends to continue enjoying his retirement while taking on passion projects that pique his interest.

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