The Plant Research Institute Endowment
Professor Harold C. Bold in his office at The University of Texas circa 1962.
Photo of Malcolm demonstrating a culture tube of green algae for the brochure, “Careers in Botany” for the Botanical Society of America. The photo was made in 1960.
Malcolm’s wife, Ann, grew up in Austin and her parents lived there, which was a deciding factor. In 1999 the administration decided to create the School of Biological Sciences and fuse botany and zoology into biology, marking the loss of the No.1-ranked Department of Botany in the United States. While its former faculty members joined other biological science departments, the status of plant science on the UT campus had never been quite the same. Thus, in an effort to upgrade plant sciences and to take advantage of the excellent resources in plant sciences on the UT campus, the plant science faculty unanimously approved the proposal, and the endowment was established by The University of Texas System Board of Regents in 2011. Malcolm sincerely believes that the plant sciences are critically important to biology and science in general. Because of the need to create a sustainable future for humankind, knowledge of the structure and function of plants is critical.
The University of Texas has a remarkable history of promoting the plant sciences. With the establishment of the Plant Research Institute, the Plant Research Institute Endowment, and the funding it generates to hire and support faculty and students, plant science at The University of Texas at Austin will once again have a world-class reputation.