Alfred L. (Al) Yergey

Botanical Illustrator


 I was born and raised in eastern Pennsylvania. I was trained as a chemist, obtaining a B.S. from Muhlenberg College and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. My 50+ year professional career has been spent as a chemist specializing in the applications of mass spectrometry to a wide range of physical and biomedical problems. I retired from The National Institutes of Health in 2012 and am currently a Scientist Emeritus. I continue to do research in biomedical applications of mass spectrometry.

My training in botanical illustration was undertaken with encouragement from my wife. I enrolled in a program at the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration in 2007 and earned a certificate as a Botanical Illustrator in 2015. Prior to enrolling in the program at Brookside, I had no experience whatsoever in the visual arts.