Burrill appointed professor of botany and horticulture | 150 Engage Illinois Office of Corporate Relations
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Thomas J. Burrill was an early professor of botany and applied plant sciences during the nascent stages of development for these disciplines in North America. Burrill was known nationally and abroad for his work in botany and applied plant sciences including tree cultivation and management. His original research was on the bacterial causes for plant and fruit disease, and it led to the development of preventative treatment methods, the first major conceptual advance by an American in the developing field of plant pathology. Burrill served as University of Illinois President from 1891 to 1894.

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Mar 09, 1870
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Thomas Jonathan Burrill, ca. 1875. Credit University Archives.
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Thomas Jonathan Burrill, ca. 1875. Credit University Archives.