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Famous Botanists from England

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List of notable or famous botanists from England, with bios and photos, including the top botanists born in England and even some popular botanists who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English botanists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These botanists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known botanist from England is included when available.

People on this list include Beatrix Potter and James Edward Smith.

This historic botanists from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English botanists of note?" and "Who are the most famous botanists from England?" These prominent botanists of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English botanists.

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    Beatrix Potter

    Dec. at 77 (1866-1943)

    BirthplaceKensington, London, United Kingdom

    Beatrix Potter (, US , 28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children's books featuring animals, such as those...  more
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    Charles Abbot

    Dec. at 56 (1761-1817)
    Charles Abbott (24 March 1761 – 8 September 1817) was a British botanist and entomologist....  more
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    Charles Christopher Parry

    Dec. at 66 (1823-1890)

    BirthplaceGloucestershire, United Kingdom

    Charles Christopher Parry (August 28, 1823 – February 20, 1890) was a British-American botanist and mountaineer....  more
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    Charles Howard-Bury

    Dec. at 82 (1881-1963)

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury DSO, DL, JP (15 August 1881 – 20 September 1963) was a British soldier, explorer, botanist and Conservative politician....  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    David James Bellamy (born 18 January 1933) is an English author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist. He has lived in County Durham since 1960....  more
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    Dawson Turner

    Dec. at 82 (1775-1858)

    BirthplaceGreat Yarmouth, United Kingdom

    Dawson Turner (18 October 1775 – 21 June 1858) was an English banker, botanist and antiquary....  more
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    Dukinfield Henry Scott

    Dec. at 79 (1854-1934)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Dr Dukinfield Henry Scott FRS HFRSE LLD (28 November 1854 – 29 January 1934) was a British botanist. The standard author abbreviation D.H.Scott is used to indicate this person as the author when...  more
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    Edward Fry

    Age: 194
    Sir Edward Fry (4 November 1827 – 19 October 1918) was a judge in the English Court of Appeal (1883–1892) and also an arbitrator on the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He was a Quaker, son of...  more
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    Edward Joseph Lowe

    Age: 195
    Edward Joseph Lowe FRS FGS FRAS FLS (11 November 1825 – 10 March 1900) was a renowned English botanist, meteorologist and astronomer, who published papers on a wide variety of subjects, including...  more
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    George Bentham

    Dec. at 83 (1800-1884)

    BirthplaceStoke, Plymouth, United Kingdom

    George Bentham (22 September 1800 – 10 September 1884) was an English botanist, described by the weed botanist Duane Isely as "the premier systematic botanist of the nineteenth century"....  more
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    George Claridge Druce

    Dec. at 81 (1850-1932)

    BirthplacePotterspury, United Kingdom

    George Claridge Druce, MA, LLD, JP, FRS, FLS (23 May 1850 – 29 February 1932) was an English botanist and a Mayor of Oxford. G. Claridge Druce was born at Potterspury on Watling Street in...  more
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    George Hibbert

    Dec. at 80 (1757-1837)
    George Hibbert (13 January 1757 – 8 October 1837) was an eminent English merchant, politician, slave- and ship-owner, amateur botanist and book collector. With Robert Milligan, he was also one of the...  more
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    George Shaw

    Dec. at 61 (1751-1813)

    BirthplaceBierton, United Kingdom

    George Kearsley Shaw (10 December 1751 – 22 July 1813) was an English botanist and zoologist....  more
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    Henry Nicholas Ridley

    Dec. at 100 (1855-1956)


    Henry Nicholas Ridley CMG (1911), MA (Oxon), FRS, FLS, F.R.H.S. (10 December 1855 – 24 October 1956) was an English botanist, geologist and naturalist who lived much of his life in Singapore. He was...  more
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    Humphry Bowen

    Dec. at 72 (1929-2001)

    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    Humphry John Moule Bowen (22 June 1929 – 9 August 2001) was a British botanist and chemist.Bowen was born in Oxford, son of the chemist Edmund Bowen. He attended the Dragon School, gaining a...  more
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    Isaac Henry Burkill

    Dec. at 94 (1870-1965)

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Isaac Henry Burkill (18 May 1870 – 8 March 1965) was an English botanist who worked in India and in the Straits Settlements (present day Singapore). He worked primarily in economic botany but...  more
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    James Edward Smith

    Dec. at 68 (1759-1828)

    BirthplaceNorwich, United Kingdom

    Sir James Edward Smith (2 December 1759 – 17 March 1828) was an English botanist and founder of the Linnean Society....  more
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    James Robertson Justice

    Dec. at 68 (1907-1975)

    BirthplaceLee, London

    James Robertson Justice (born James Norval Harald Justice; 15 June 1907 – 2 July 1975) was a British character actor who appeared in British films during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s....  more
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    John Gerard

    Age: 476

    BirthplaceNantwich, United Kingdom

    John Gerard (also John Gerarde, c. 1545–1612) was an English botanist with a large herbal garden in London. He was the author of a 1,484-page illustrated Herball, or Generall Historie of Plantes,...  more
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    John Hill

    Dec. at 59 (1716-1775)

    BirthplacePeterborough, United Kingdom

    John Hill (c. 1714 – 21 November 1775), called because of his Swedish honours, "Sir" John Hill, was an English author and botanist. He contributed to contemporary periodicals and was awarded the...  more
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    John Lindley

    Dec. at 66 (1799-1865)

    BirthplaceCatton, United Kingdom

    John Lindley FRS (5 February 1799 – 1 November 1865) was an English botanist, gardener and orchidologist....  more
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    John Martyn

    Dec. at 68 (1699-1768)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    John Martyn or Joannes Martyn (12 September 1699 – 29 January 1768) was an English botanist....  more
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    John Parkinson

    Age: 454

    BirthplaceNottinghamshire, United Kingdom

    John Parkinson (1567–1650; buried 6 August 1650) was the last of the great English herbalists and one of the first of the great English botanists. He was apothecary to James I and a founding member...  more
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    John Ray

    Dec. at 77 (1627-1705)

    BirthplaceBlack Notley, United Kingdom

    John Ray FRS (29 November 1627 – 17 January 1705) was an English naturalist widely regarded as one of the earliest of the English parson-naturalists. Until 1670, he wrote his name as John Wray. From...  more
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    John Sibthorp

    Dec. at 37 (1758-1796)

    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    John Sibthorp FRS (28 October 1758 – 8 February 1796) was an English botanist....  more