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Selected Poetry of A. H. Reginald Buller (1874-1944)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

  1. Relativity (There was a young lady named Bright)
  2. To her friends said the Bright one in chatter

Notes on Life and Works

Professor Arthur Henry Reginald Buller, chair of the Department of Botany, University of Manitoba (1904-36), was born in Birmingham on August 19, 1874. He obtained his Ph.D. at Leipzig before joining the university. His best-known academic work was Researches in Fungi, 7 vols. (1909-34), for which he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1909, its President in 1927, and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1937. Unmarried, Buller spent his summers in England, and by 1938 had crossed the Atlantic 62 times. He was a member of the Psychical Research Society. Having published his limerick on "Relativity" in Punch, unsigned, on December 18, 1923, he spent some time afterwards defending his authorship against other claimants. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1974) attests to his authorship of this celebrated poem. See Who's Who and Why 1921, ed. B. M. Greene (Ottawa, 1921): 1272. Robarts Library F 5009 W62.

Biographical information

Given name: A. H. Reginald
Family name: Buller
Birth date: 19 August 1874
Death date: 3 July 1944
          Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada: 1929
          Flavelle Medal: 1929
Occupation: Professor
          Moseley, Birmingham: 1874
          Leipzig : 1897
          Munich: 1900
          Winnipeg: 1904