Eduardo Quisumbing was
a leading authority of plants in the Philippines. He
was a pioneer in the field of botany, and was recognized for his research on
Philippine orchids and medicinal plants.
Quisumbing became the first Filipino to be given a fellowship by the
United States National Research Council. On his return to
the Philippines in 1928, he was
appointment as a systematic botanist
for the Bureau of Science. Later,
he was designated chief of the Natural History Museum, serving from 1940 to 1945
and then as the first director of the National Museum, 1947
One of his major
accomplishments was the construction and rehabilitation of the National
Herbarium, whose huge collection of plant samples was totally destroyed
during the Second World War.
In 1947, he co-founded the
Philippine Orchid Society. In his honor, various
plants were named after him.