J Syst Evol ›› 2023, Vol. 61 ›› Issue (1): 1-10.DOI: 10.1111/jse.12945

Special Issue: Virtual Issue to Celebrate the Legacy and Life of Professor Wen-Tsai Wang

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Collections-based systematics in the new age of discovery: Celebrating the legacy and life of Professor Wen-Tsai Wang

Jun Wen1*, Lei Xie2, Zhi-Yun Zhang3, Yan Liang4, and Song Ge3   

  1. 1 Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 20013‐7012, USA
    2 School of Ecology and Nature Conservation, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
    3 State Key Laboratory of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China
    4 Center for Documentation and Information Management, Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China

    Author for correspondence. Jun Wen.
    E‐mail: wenj@si.edu
  • Received:2023-01-18 Accepted:2023-01-18 Online:2023-01-18 Published:2023-01-01


Professor Wen-Tsai Wang (王文采, June 5, 1926–November 16, 2022) was an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and a legendary plant taxonomist at the Institute of Botany of CAS (Fig. 1). Herein, we organize a virtual special issue in Journal of Systematics and Evolution (JSE) to celebrate the legacy and life of Professor Wang, who was a leading plant taxonomist in China and made important contributions toward advancing the understanding of the flora of China, the biogeography of eastern Asia, and biodiversity research in the vast Hengduan Mountains. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of Acta Phytotaxonomica Sinica (now JSE) for 6 years from 1982 to 1988, and trained several generations of plant taxonomists in China (Li, 2001).