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Elvera Kwang Siam Lim, 林光嬋, 1928-2006

Elvera Kwang Siam Lim

Elvera Kwang Siam Lim was born in Swatow (Shantou), Guangdong province in Southern China on December 24, 1928. Her childhood was spent in Swatow where her father had a private medical practice, and it was here that she enrolled in a convent school, where she finished her primary and middle school education. For High School study she was sent to the Anglican school in Hong Kong, the Diocesan Girls' School (DGS) as a boarder. Upon graduation she entered the science faculty of the University of Hong Kong where she received B.Sc. degree in 1952 and B.Ed. a year later. After teaching at DGS, her alma mater, for several years she joined the Botany Department of the University of Hong Kong as a demonstrator/teaching assistant. In 1963 she received a fellowship to do graduate work in the Botany Department at the University of Hawaii, where she received her Ph.D. Her Ph.D. thesis involved a collaborative revision of the plant genus Bidens and was published by University of California Press in 1970. After receiving her doctorate, she returned to Hong Kong as a lecturer in the Biology Department of the newly established Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she remained until her retirement in 1989. She passed away in Oakland California on March 27, 2006.

Publication: An experimental study of the genus Bidens (Asteraceae) in the Hawaiian lslands, George Willson Gillett and Elvera K.S. Lim, 1970, University of California Press