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Robert Lynton Barnum

Title: Horticultural Curator
Company: Florida International University
Location: Miami, Florida, United States

Robert Lynton Barnum, horticultural curator at Florida International University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in environmental preservation.

Mr. Barnum has accumulated an accomplished career as an expert in the field of horticulture, leveraging several decades of experience. For 12 years, he has worked as a horticultural curator at Florida International University, where he cultivates his own regenerative farm for the campus. As part of this development, Mr. Barnum has raised many plants, including two fruit-bearing trees that grow star apples and mountain soursops, which he has grown since the 1960s. He previously grew his garden privately, though he subsequently donated much of it to his university for research and study. Working alongside botanical gardens in Hawaii, Mr. Barnum hopes to see his trees further propagated in the future.

Coming from a line of farmers in his family, with both his uncle and father managing a farm before him, Mr. Barnum naturally gravitated towards a career in agriculture. As part of his vocational journey, he pursued a formal education, studying at the University of Florida and achieving a bachelor’s degree in agriculture for fruit crops in 1975. In light of his fulfilling career, he has largely attributed his success to the unique nature of his industry, which is bolstered by a supportive community of like-minded professionals. Accounting for his accomplishments, Mr. Barnum is particularly proud of the many one-of-a-kind trees he grows on his farm.

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