Cookson, Isabel Clifton (1893-1973)

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Cookson, Isabel C. (1893-1973)
Cookson, Isabel C. (Isabel Clifton) (1893-1973)
Cookson, Isabel Clifton
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Botanist; Palaeobotanist; Academics - Botany
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Isabel Clifton Cookson (1893-1973), botanist and palaeobotanist, was born on Christmas Day 1893 at Hawthorn, Melbourne, third and youngest daughter of English-born John Cookson, gentleman, and only child...

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Isabel Clifton Cookson was born in Melbourne in December 1893 and educated at Hambledon Ladies' College and later at the Methodist Ladies' College before entering the University of Melbourne where she graduated B.Sc. in 1916. She tutored at Newman and was appointed as Lecturer in Botany "including evening") for 1930 and remained associated with the Department until her death on 1 July 1973, when she was still a Research Associate. She visited Europe for the first time in 1925, and in 1929 studied at the University of Manchester under Professor Lang, a specialist in fossil plants. In 1948 she received a Leverhulme Research Grant and in 1952 attended the 40th session of the Indian Science Congress.

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Isabel Cookson was Research Fellow in Botany, University of Melbourne 1952-1959. She was world renowned for her research which included fossil plant studies. Cookson created many international collaborations and associations which lead to significant discoveries. Isabel Cookson published over 80 papers and produced many botanical illustrations. The Cooksonia plant genus and the Isabel Cookson Award (Botanical Society of America) have been named in her honour.

After completing her studies at Hambledon and Methodist Ladies Colleges, Isabel Clifton Cookson went to Melbourne University. In 1916 she graduated with a BSc majoring in botany and zoology. Cookson went on to tutor, then lecture in botany at the University. She was appointed Research Fellow in 1952 and held this position up until her death in 1973. In 1926 Isabel Cookson made the first of many study/ research trips to the University of Manchester. It was during one of these visits that she developed a keen interest in fossil plants. Cookson and Manchester University's Prof. W. H. Lang developed a long term and very productive partnership. Their collaboration resulted in many key publications. Prof. W. H. Lang even named a plant genus (Cooksonia) in her honour.

Isabel Cookson later returned to Australia where she pioneered palynology studies in Australia. Her work on fossil-plant remains lead to her appointment as head of the University's Pollen Research Unit (1949) and to obtain a Doctorate of Science. Her 58 years of research produced great insight into the history and evolution of Australia's flora and 85 publications - 30 of which were written after she had officially retired. Her reputation as an outstanding botanist was world wide. The Botanical Society of America commemorate her achievements by awarding the Isabel Cookson Award to the best paper on palaeobotany presented at their annual meeting.

  • Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Government research scholarship received to study the flora of the Northern Territory
  • Career position - Botany Tutor at Newman College, University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Demonstrator in Botany at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Member of the Royal Society of Victoria
  • Career position - Research and studies at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London
  • Career position - Research work at the University of Manchester, UK
  • Career position - Demonstrator (part-time) in Zoology at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Research work at the University of Manchester
  • Career position - Lecturer in Botany at the University of Melbourne
  • Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Head of the Pollen Research Unit at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Keynote speaker at the opening of the Birbal Sahni Institue of Paelaeobotany in Lucknow, India
  • Career position - Leverhulme Researcher at the University of Manchester
  • Career position - Research Fellow in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Senior Lecturer in Botany at the University of Melbourne
  • Award - Corresponding member of the Botanical Society of America
  • Award - Life member of the Royal Society of Victoria
  • Career position - Retirement (official)
  • Career position - Honorary Associate at the National Museum of Victoria

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Isabel Clifton Cookson was born in Melbourne in December 1893 and educated at Hambledon Ladies' College and later at the Methodist Ladies' College before entering the University of Melbourne where she graduated B.Sc. in 1916. She tutored at Newman and was appointed as Lecturer in Botany "including evening") for 1930 and remained associated with the Department until her death on 1 July 1973, when she was still a Research Associate. She visited Europe for the first time in 1925, and in 1929 studied at the University of Manchester under Professor Lang, a specialist in fossil plants. In 1948 she received a Leverhulme Reearch Grant and in 1952 attended the 40th session of the Indian Science Congress.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Cookson, Isabel Clifton
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  3. 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology
    Radi, Heather
    [Sydney]
    Published: Women's Redress Press
  4. Cookson, Isabel Clifton (1893-1973)
    Dettmann, Mary E.
    [2006]
    Published: Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography Online
  5. Cookson, Isabel Clifton
    [0.05 m : 1893 - 1965]
    Series: The University of Melbourne Archives
    Notes of trip by ship via Adeliade, Perth, Colombo, Suez and Marseilles (expenses); notes from reading on Spain; Italy. 1925. Notes of trip to India, December 1952 - January 1953. Incluess newspaper cutting from Lucknow National Herald, 3 January 1953 and leaflet advertising "All the History of Benares and Sarnath ..." by B.N. Roy. Exercise book inscribed "Isabel C. Cookson, Newman Colege, Carlton" with "M.Sc. added, containing labelled diagrams of parts of the body magnified. n.d. Thirteen photographs of Isabel Cookson from childhood to late middle-age; passport issued 1947 (latest stamp 1965); photograph of mother, Elizabeth Somers Cookson, 1882, and father, John Cookson, n.d. Register, University of Manchester,congratulating her on her Lever- hulme Research Grant which has been reported to the Council and Senate, the University always taking "a warm interest in the welfare of its members". Birthday Book of Isabel Cookson, November 1906, Photocopy of Isabel Cookseon's birth certificate, 25 December 1892. MS. notes on Dr. Cookson by Mrs. Archer, 2 pp. Photocopy.
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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Cookson, Isabel Clifton
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. 200 Australian Women: a Redress Anthology
    Radi, H.
    Published: Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988
  3. Cookson, Isabel Clifton (1893-1973), Botanist and Palaeobotanist
    Dettman, Mary E.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 13, 401-492
  4. Isabel Cookson (1893-1973) palaeobotanist
    Dettmann, Mary E.
    Published: Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988
    Series: 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology
  5. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003
  6. 150 Years, 150 Stories: Isabel Clifton Cookson
    Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter
    Published: 2002
    Series: Uni News, 11, 21, 4
  7. Invincible but mostly Invisible: Australian Women's Contribution to Geology and Palaeontology
    Turner, S.
    Published: 2007
    Series: Geological Society Special Publication, 281, 165-202
  8. 150 years, 150 stories: brief biographies of one hundred and fifty remarkable people associated with the University of Melbourne
    Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter
    Published: Department of History, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2003

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  1. Mesozoic and cainozoic palynology : essays in honour of Isabel Cookson / editors: J.E. Glover and G. Playford
    Glover, J. E
    [ Book : 1973 ]
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    Mesozoic and cainozoic palynology : essays in honour of Isabel Cookson / editors: J.E. Glover and G. Playford
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  2. Plant microfossils from the lignites of Kerguelen Archipelago / by Isabel C. Cookson
    Cookson, Isabel Clifton, 1893-1973
    [ Article : 1947 ]
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  3. [Collected papers / by Isabel Clifton Cookson]
    Cookson, Isabel Clifton, 1893-1973
    [ Thesis : 1932 ]
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  4. COOKSON, ISABEL CLIFTON
    Cookson, Isabel Clifton
    [ Unpublished : 1893 ]
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  5. Isabel Cookson in her office in the Pollen Unit at the University of Melbourne 1954
    Cookson, Isabel Clifton
    [ Photograph : 1954 ]
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    Isabel Cookson in her office in the Pollen Unit at the University of Melbourne 1954
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  6. Papers
    Cookson, Isabel Clifton, 1893-1973
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  7. ...Plant microfossils from the lignites of Kerguelen Archipelago. / Adel., B.A.N.Z.A.R. Expedition Committee, 1947 [129]-142 p., bibl pt.8)
    Cookson, Isabel Clifton
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  8. Women biology students, University of Melbourne
    Cookson, Isabel Clifton
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  9. Mesozoic and Cainozoic palynology : essays in honour of Isabel Cookson
    Cookson, Isabel Clifton
    [ Book : 1973 ]
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  1. Mesozoic and cainozoic palynology : essays in honour of Isabel Cookson / editors: J.E. Glover and G. Playford
    Glover, J. E
    [ Book : 1973 ]
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