S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Glover, Miss Ruth Mildred (botany)

Born: 1889, Cape Town, South Africa.
Died: 5 June 1961, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Ruth Mildred Glover passed the matriculation examination of the University of the Cape of Good Hope at the Vredenburg High School, Cape Town, in 1904, at the age of 15. She continued her studies at the South African College, Cape Town, in 1907 and in 1911 was awarded the degree Bachelor of Arts (BA) in science by the University of the Cape of Good Hope. That same year she was appointed as an assistant at the Bolus Herbarium in Cape Town. During the next few years she published two papers in the Annals of the Bolus Herbarium: "Extratropical South African Acaciae" (1915, Vol. 1, pp. 143-151) and "A note on doubling in Erica ventricosa Thunb." (1918, Vol. 2, p. 152). As co-author of Frank Bolus* and Mrs H.M.L. Bolus* she furthermore participated in describing the "Flowering plants and ferns collected on the Great Karasberg by the Percy Sladen Memorial Expedition, 1912-1913" in the same journal (1915, Vol. 1(3), pp. 98-).

Around 1917 Glover married in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and became Mrs Wordsworth. She had two sons, but was later divorced. There was a "Mrs Wordsworth" of Bulawayo, presumably her, who was a member of the Rhodesia Scientific Association in 1917. Later she was a housewife in Salisbury (now Harare), where she died.

List of sources:

Bullock, A.A. Bibliography of South African botany (up to 1951). Pretoria: Department of Agricultural Technical Services, 1978.

Google scholar. http://scholar.google.co.za/ Publications by R. Glover.

National Archives Repository (TAB), Source MHG, Vol. 0, Ref. 11809/67: Death notice, Ruth Mildred Wordsworth.

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS), at http://www.national.archives.gov.za/naairs.htm Documents relating to Ruth Mildred Wordsworth.

Ritchie, W. The history of the South African College, 1829-1918. Cape Town: T. Maskew Miller, 1918.

Proceedings of the Rhodesia Scientific Association, 1917-1918, Vol. 16(2), pp. 30-32: Members.

University of the Cape of Good Hope. Calendar, 1906/7, 1912/3, 1917/8.

Compiled by: C. Plug