By Mary A. Sego
Primary Creator: Kern, Frank D. (1883-1973)
Extent: 3.0 Folders. More info below.
Subjects: Purdue University--Faculty
Forms of Material: Articles
Born in 1883 on a farm near Reinbeck, Iowa, Kern was the youngest of four. His twin brothers, who were 12 years older than him, and his sister, two years older, all attended the University of Iowa. Frank Kern followed in 1900. During the winter term of his senior year, Kern learned that a Professor Arthur, of Purdue University, needed a research assistant. Arthur worked with rusts, a type of fungus. In his memoirs, Kern writes, "It turned out that Dr. Arthur was visiting his mother, who was then living in Iowa. It was arranged that I should go to Chicago and that he would meet me on a 9 o'clock Big Four train and we would get acquainted on the three and a half hour trip to Lafayette, Indiana. There began an association which was to last for years. We took many trips together, in this country, to Europe, and to Puerto Rico."
Kern left Purdue in 1913 and was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Botany at the Pennsylvania State College on July 1, 1913. He retired in 1950 with the status of dean emeritus and professor emeritus of botany, having served as dean for 28 years.
Shortly before his death on September 28, 1973, Kern published the book on his life's work, A Revised Taxonomic Account of Gynmosporangium . Although his older brothers had accused him of laziness on the home farm, Kern published 140 articles; of those 88 are scientific in nature. He also described and named approximately 100 specimens of fungus.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: MSF 209, Frank D. Kern papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Methods Employed in Uredineal Culture Work, Kern, Frank D. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, 1905, pp. 127-131. [2 copies]
The Rusts of Guatemala, Kern, Frank D. Reprinted from the Journal of Mycology, vol. 13, January, 1907, pp. 18-26
New Western Species of Gymnosporangium and Roestelia, Kern, Frank D. From the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, vol. 34, 1907, pp.459-463
Studies in the Genus Gymnosporangium, Kern, Frank D. From the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, vol. 35, 1908, pp. 499-511.
The Existence of Roestelia Penicillata and Its Telial Phase in North America, Kern Frank D. Reprinted from Science, N. S., vol. XXVII, no. 702, June 12, 1908, pp. 930-931
A Notable Species of Gymnosporangium From Colorado, Kern, Frank D. Reprinted from Mycologia, vol. 1, no. 5, September, 1909, pp. 208-210.