A picture of the Biology Library lion from Georges Cuvier's "The Animal Kingdom" (Le Règne Animal)




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Burrill Hall

Burrill Hall is named for Thomas J. Burrill (1839-1916) who served the University of Illinois for forty-four years as Assistant Professor of Natural History (1868-70), Professor of Botany (1870-1912), Dean of the College of Science (1878-84), Dean of the Graduate School (1894-1905), and Acting President of the University (1891-94 and 1904). Burrill was the first to discover a bacterial cause of disease in plants when he documented the cause of pear blight in 1880. Burrill was a charter member of the American Microscopical Society and the President of the Society of American Bacteriologists in the year preceding his death. The Thomas J. Burrill Papers, housed in the University of Illinois Archives, contain material on bacteriology, plant pathology, microscopy, and the application of scientific research to the agricultural and commercial needs of the state of Illinois.