The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates only a handful of specimens collected by William Frederick Hinton, who always used “Fred Hinton” on his specimen labels. All were collected in the Piedmont of North Carolina — Orange, Iredell, Davie, and Rowan counties. The Ted R. Bradley Herbarium at George Mason University (GMUF) curates a few specimens co-collected by “Hinton” — likely Fred Hinton — and Ted. R. Bradley.1
Fred Hinton was born on 22 January 1945 to Patricia Adams Davis Hinton and Will Fred Hinton. He earned a B.A. in Botany in 1967 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then studied with C. Ritchie Bell at Carolina for his Masters.2 He completed his M.A. in 1968 with his thesis, “The taxonomic status of Physalis lanceolata in the Carolina Sandhills”. Hinton spent the summer of 1965 at the Mountain Lake Biological Station in Giles County, Virginia.3
Hinton earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. The title of his thesis was “Reproductive biology and systematics of the Calyptridium umbellatum complex (Portulacaceae)”. The members of his thesis committee were Robert Ornduff, Lincoln Constance, and Grady Webster.
Hinton is listed as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia beginning in the 1973-1974 academic year through the 1977-1978 academic year.4
Hinton, W. Frederick. 1976. Introgression and the evolution of selfing in Calyptridium monospermum (Portulacaceae). Systematic Botany 1(1): 85-90.
Hinton, W. Frederick. 1976. The systematics of Physalis pumila ssp. hispida (Solanaceae). Systematic Botany 1(2): 188-193.
Hinton, W. Frederick. 1976. The evolution of insect-mediated self-pollination from an outcrossing system in Calyptridium (Portulacaceae). American Journal of Botany 63(7): 979-986.
Hinton, W. Frederick. 1975. Systematics of the Calyptridium umbellatum complex (Portulacaceae). Brittonia 27: 197-205.
Hinton, W. Frederick. 1975. Natural hybridization and extinction of a population of Physalis virginiana (Solanaceae). American Journal of Botany 62(2): 198-202.
Hinton, W. Frederick. 1974. Reproductive biology and systematics of the Calyptridium umbellatum complex (Portulacaceae). Ph.D. thesis, University of California, Berkeley.
Hinton, W. F. 1972. pp. 335–336. In: A. Löve, IOPB chromosome number reports XXXVI. Taxon 21: 333–346.
Hinton, W. Frederick. 1970. The taxonomic status of Physalis lanceolata (Solanaceae) in the Carolina Sandhills. Brittonia 22(1): 14-19.
Hinton, William Fred. 1968. The taxonomic status of Physalis lanceolata in the Carolina Sandhills. M. A. thesis, Botany Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
1. Data Portal. 2021. http//:sernecportal.org/index.php. Accessed on September 13.
2. Personal communication, Niki Wallace, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Alumni Records Office, 2021.
3. Wells, Mrs. William A., editor (1965) Mountain Lake Echoes. “Investigations”, page 19. https://mlbs.virginia.edu/sites/mlbs.virginia.edu/files/Mtn_Lake_Yearbook%201965%20%2817%29.PDF accessed on 11 September 2021.
4. https://catalog.gmu.edu/archives/ Accessed on 13 September 2021.