1899 earned PhD in botany from University of Leipzig
studies at Munich, and at Naples Marine Biological Station
1901 appointed lecturer in botany at University of Birmingham
1904 - 1936 leaves Birmingham to become professor at University of Manitoba at Winnipeg
Buller is mainly known nowadays as a researcher of basic data on fungi, and a committed and talented educator. His six-volume Researches on Fungi is a gold-mine of clearly presented material drawn from his investigations into fungi. He wasn't a big theorizer, so his discoveries (from today's perspective) sometimes have the appearance of random facts, but these facts have been used by other researchers to develop more complete accounts of many fungi, especially the bird's-nest fungi and the Pezizales.
Lloyd (in his notes that accompany the picture) says that he met an attended some of his lectures, which were apparently quite dynamic and entertaining. Lloyd then asked him why his writings were so boring in comparison, and why he didn't write in the style of his lectures. Buller tried to explain to him that his writings were attempts to describe experimental results in such a way that other people could reproduce them, but Lloyd seems to have not understood.
Humphrey says that after his retirement, Buller wanted to return to England to die, but because of the war this was too dangerous, so he remained in Canada, where he died before the war was over.
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