Arthur C. Pillsbury Foundation

Protecting and Preserving All Life -- By Extending Human Vision

1922 - The Wildflowers are the issue

Arthur C. Pillsbury was recognized as an expert on multiple subjects.  A Renaissance Man, by the time he left Stanford he had invented the first specimen slicer for the microscope and the first Circuit Panorama Camera.  The next year, 1898, he produced the first stills of germs, which appeared in the San Francisco Call. He lectured at universities such as MIT on a range of subjects which includes the life-cycle of 500 of the species of wildflowers of the 1,500 species then known to exist in Yosemite.  In short, A. C. Pillsbury was a scientist of national repute.  The issue of wildflowers was one which brought him into conflict with Stephen Mather, a former reporter for the NY Sun of no known special ability.  Mather had no background in science and at this point in time, no one in the National Park Service had credentials which could stand being compared with those of Pillsbury.  The source of Mather's wealth came entirely from criminal activities.  
   Scientists who extend human knowledge instead of memorizing and familiarizing themselves with facts discovered by others are all too rare in academia.  
   As shown below, Pillsbury was a welcome lecturer at the Audubon Society on wildflowers and on the subject of bird species.  This serves as an example of the way illicit money is used to impact the public view of facts.   That Pillsbury was the first person in the world to use moving pictures to deepen understanding of the natural processes of life provides the depth of his understanding of the subjects and on film-making, engineering, and the application of new methods for communicating scientific knowledge which is without parallel. 
​The conflict of vision on preservation of the natural world was covered by the Associated Press. 
Buffalo Morning Express and Illustrated Buffalo Express,
06 Jan 1922, Fri, Page 9 

Los Angeles Times - November 17, 1922

Sacramento Union 26177 November 17, 1922