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Phycologists of India


In July 1947, the writer obtained a leave of absence from Butler University and went to India for a period of approximately two years. The trip was made under the auspices of the American Friends Service Committee in order to help in the work of relief and rehabilitation. It had been expected that most of the work would be in villages near Calcutta, but the rioting which occurred on a very large scale in the Punjab Province, in the autumn of 1947, made it necessary for the Quaker service unit to set up relief centers in several places in northwestern India and Pakistan. During this period there were occasional opportunities for the writer to meet with botanists in Lahore, Delhi and Calcutta.