Nebraska Authors

John James Thornber

AKA: J.J. Thornber

After he graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1901, Thornber immediately took up a dual position as Professor of Biology at the University of Arizona, and Botanist for the Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station. Even after his partial retirement in 1942, he remained an active and influential scholar until his death in 1962. The University of Arizona Herbarium has a detailed on-line history that includes much material on Thornber, who contributed some 10,000 records to its collections. Thornber was influential in the study of rangeland restoration, grasses, and cacti.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Tuscon, AZ
Brookings, SD

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Botany; Botanists; Botanical Illustrators; University of Nebraska educated Botanists


Undergraduate Studies, 1895, South Dakota Agricultural College, Brookings, SD
Bachelor of Science Degree in Botany, 1897, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree in Botany, 1901, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Botanist, Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station, 1901-1943
Professor of Botany
Science Administrator
University Administrator
Director Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station, 1921-1928

Places Worked

University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ
Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station


Visiting Scholar, Smithsonian Institution and Asa Gray Herbarium, Harvard University 1911-1912


Co-author Field Book of Western Wild Flowers. with Margaret Nielson Armstrong, 1915.

Author and co-author of numerous other books, professional articles and government publications.

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