Doris Benta Maria Löve, née Wahlén (born 2 January 1918 in Kristianstad – deceased 25 February 2000 in San Jose, California) was a Swedish systematic botanist, particularly active in the Arctic.[1]

Doris Löve
Born2 January 1918
Died25 February 2000
San Jose, California
Alma materLund University
Known forCytotaxonomy in the Arctic
SpouseÁskell Löve


Doris Löve was born in Kristianstad, Sweden. She studied botany at Lund University from 1937. She married her fellow student and colleague, the Icelander Áskell Löve. She received her PhD in botany in 1944. She focused her doctorate on the sexuality of Melandrium. After their studies, the couple moved to Iceland. They moved to Winnipeg in 1951, to Montreal in 1955, and to Boulder in 1965. At universities where Áskell Löve taught, Doris Löve could not hold a faculty position at the same time as her husband. They finally moved to San Jose, California, in 1974.[1]

Together, Áskell and Doris Löve undertook numerous investigations of the chromosome numbers of plants and their use in plant systematics. They published numerous accounts in this field, and are considered the founders of cytotaxonomy.[1]

In 1962, she was the convener of an influential scientific conference on the North Atlantic Biota and their History with contributions from a.o. Eric Hultén, Tyge W. Böcher, Hugo Sjörs, John Axel Nannfeldt, Knut Fægri, Bruce C. Heezen and Marie Tharp.

In 1974, her husband Áskell Löve, then full professor and chairman of the biology department of the university of Colorado Boulder, was forced to resign. In 1997, she wrote her family history, a 86-page biography that provides a detailed explanation of her husband's forced resignation. This mémoire was deposited at the Hunt Botanical Library in Pittsburgh in 1997 and was supposed to be kept unreleased until 2018.[2]

Other rolesEdit

Selected publicationsEdit

Papers on botanyEdit

  • Löve, Á.; Löve, D. (1961). Chromosome numbers of central and northwest European plant species. Opera Botanica vol. 5. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell. pp. 1–581.
  • Löve, Á.; Löve, D. (1966). Cytotaxonomy of the alpine vascular plants of Mount Washington. University of Colorado Studies. Series of Biology No. 24. Boulder: University of Colorado. pp. 1–75.
  • Löve, Á.; Löve, D. (1974). Cytotaxonomical atlas of the Slovenian flora. Cytotaxonomical Atlases vol. 1. Vaduz: J. Cramer. p. 1241.
  • Löve, Á.; Löve, D. (1975). Cytotaxonomical atlas of the Arctic flora. Cytotaxonomical Atlases vol. 2. Vaduz: J. Cramer. p. 598.
  • Löve, Á.; Löve, D.; Pichi-Sermolli, R. E. G. (1977). Cytotaxonomical atlas of the Pteridophyta. Cytotaxonomical Atlases vol. 3. Vaduz: J. Cramer. p. 398.

Conference proceedingsEdit

Her classification work enabled Kenneth Hare's wife Jocelyn to put together an herbarium of plants from the Kaumajet Mountains.[4]


  • Botanical observations of the Penny Highlands of Baffin Island, Results of the Second Baffin Expedition by the Arctic Institute of North America (1953) under the leadership of Col. P.D. Baird [5]
  • Nikolai Vavilov, Origin and geography of cultivated plants, Archives of Natural History, January 1994[6]

Doris Löve also translated two books of Nikolai Vavilov in English.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kaersvang, Lóa Löve; Weber, W.A.; Ives, J. D. (2000). "Doris Löve (1918–2000) In Memoriam". Arctic and Alpine Research. 32 (3): 360–363. doi:10.1080/15230430.2000.12003375. JSTOR 1552536. S2CID 218525313.
  2. ^ Kaersvang, Lóa Löve; Weber, W.A.; Ives, J. D. (2000). "Doris Löve (1918–2000) In Memoriam". Arctic and Alpine Research. 32 (3): 360–363. doi:10.1080/15230430.2000.12003375. JSTOR 1552536. S2CID 218525313.
  3. ^ International Plant Names Index.  D.Löve.
  4. ^ Huneault, Kristina (2018-07-16). I'm Not Myself at All: Women, Art, and Subjectivity in Canada. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. ISBN 978-0-7735-5403-0.
  5. ^ Schwarzenbach, Fritz Hans (2010). Botanical Observations on the Penny Highlands of Baffin Island. BoD – Books on Demand. ISBN 978-3-8423-1884-7.
  6. ^ "VAVILOV, N. I. Origin and geography of cultivated plants . (Translated by Doris Löve)". Research Gate. January 1994.