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Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom

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List of notable or famous botanists from the United Kingdom, with bios and photos, including the top botanists born in the United Kingdom and even some popular botanists who immigrated to the United Kingdom. If you're trying to find out the names of famous British 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 the United Kingdom is included when available.

A list made up of people like David Douglas and Beatrix Potter.

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

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Agnes Arber is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 81 (1879-1960)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Agnes Robertson Arber FRS (23 February 1879 – 22 March 1960) was a British plant morphologist and anatomist, historian of botany and philosopher of biology. She was born in London but lived most ...more
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Alan Crundwell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Alan Crundwell Dec. at 77 (1923-2000)
Alan Cyril Crundwell (1923–2000) was a British bryologist, known for categorizing approximately 20 species of bryophytes, around six of which were previously unknown to science. He spent most of ...more
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Alan F. Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 73 (1922-1995)
Alan F. Mitchell was a British forester, dendrologist and botanist, and author of several books on trees. He almost single-handedly measured every notable tree in the British Isles, founding the ...more
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Alastair Fitter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Age: 70
Alastair Hugh Fitter CBE FRS (born 20 June 1948) is a British ecologist at the University of York.Fitter was educated at Oxford and at Liverpool, and came to the Department of Biology in York in ...more
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Albert Howard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Albert Howard Dec. at 74 (1873-1947)

Birthplace: Bishop's Castle, United Kingdom

Sir Albert Howard (8 December 1873 – 20 October 1947) was an English botanist, an organic farming pioneer, and a principal figure in the early organic movement. He is considered by many in the ...more
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Alexander Watt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 93 (1892-1985)

Birthplace: Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Alexander Stuart Watt FRS(21 June 1892 – 2 March 1985) was a Scottish botanist and plant ecologist.
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Alfred Gibbs Bourne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Alfred Gibbs Bourne Dec. at 81 (1859-1940)

Birthplace: Lowestoft, United Kingdom

Sir Alfred Gibbs Bourne DSc (8 August 1859, Lowestoft - 14 July 1940, Dartmouth, Devon) was a zoologist, botanist and educator. Bourne was the son of Rev. Alfred Bourne, secretary of the British ...more
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Annie Lorrain Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Annie Lorrain Smith Dec. at 83 (1854-1937)
Annie Lorrain Smith (23 October 1854 – 7 September 1937) was a British lichenologist whose Lichens (1921) was an essential textbook for several decades. She was also a mycologist and founder ...more
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Anthea Phillipps is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Age: 62
Datin Anthea Phillipps B.Sc. (born 3 June 1956) is a British botanist. Phillipps was brought up in Sabah, Borneo as a child (and still dwells there today). She received a Botany degree from the ...more
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Anthony Lamb is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Anthony Lamb

Birthplace: Sri Lanka

Datuk Anthony L. Lamb M.A., Dip. Ag., D.T.A., P.G.D.K. (born 1941) is a British botanist, born in Sri Lanka (then British Ceylon) and specialising in the flora of Borneo. Lamb was educated at ...more
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Arthur Henry Reginald Bu... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 70 (1874-1944)

Birthplace: Moseley, United Kingdom

Arthur Henry Reginald Buller, (19 August 1874 – 3 July 1944) was a British-Canadian mycologist. He is mainly known as a researcher of fungi and wheat rust.
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Arthur Hugh Garfit Alsto... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 56 (1902-1958)

Birthplace: West Ashby, United Kingdom

Arthur Hugh Garfit Alston (born in West Ashby on 4 September 1902; died in Barcelona on 17 March 1958) was an English botanist. His father was a vicar and amateur naturalist who first got him ...more
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Arthur Roy Clapham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 86 (1904-1990)

Birthplace: Norwich, United Kingdom

Arthur Roy Clapham, CBE FRS (24 May 1904 – 18 December 1990), was a British botanist. Born in Norwich and educated at Downing College, Cambridge, Clapham worked at Rothamsted Experimental ...more
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Aylmer Bourke Lambert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Aylmer Bourke Lambert Dec. at 81 (1761-1842)

Birthplace: Bath, United Kingdom

Aylmer Bourke Lambert (2 February 1761 – 10 January 1842) was a British botanist, one of the first fellows of the Linnean Society.
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Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 77 (1866-1943)

Birthplace: Kensington, 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 ...more
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Bernard Verdcourt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Bernard Verdcourt Dec. at 86 (1925-2011)
Bernard Verdcourt (20 January 1925 – 25 October 2011) was a biologist and taxonomist, most widely known as a botanist and latterly an honorary research fellow at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ...more
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Charles Baron Clarke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Charles Baron Clarke Dec. at 74 (1832-1906)
Charles Baron Clarke (17 June 1832 – 25 August 1906) was a British botanist. He was born at Andover, the eldest son of Turner Poulter Clarke. He was educated at King's College School, London, ...more
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Charles Christopher Parr... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 67 (1823-1890)

Birthplace: Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Charles Christopher Parry (August 28, 1823 – February 20, 1890) was a British-American botanist and mountaineer.
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Charles Howard-Bury is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 82 (1881-1963)

Birthplace: United 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.
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Churchill Babington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Churchill Babington Dec. at 68 (1821-1889)

Birthplace: Rothley Temple, United Kingdom

Churchill Babington (; 11 March 1821 – 12 January 1889) was an English classical scholar, archaeologist and naturalist.
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Clive A. Stace is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Age: 81
Clive Anthony Stace (born 1938) is a British botanist and botanical author. His academic career was based at the University of Leicester, where he held the post of Professor of Plant taxonomy. ...more
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Daniel Oliver is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 86 (1830-1916)
Daniel Oliver, FRS (6 February 1830, Newcastle upon Tyne – 21 December 1916) was an English botanist.He was Librarian of the Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 1860–1890 and Keeper there ...more
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David Baulcombe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Age: 67

Birthplace: Solihull, United Kingdom

Sir David Charles Baulcombe (born 1952) is a British plant scientist and geneticist. As of 2017 he is a Royal Society Research Professor and Regius Professor of Botany in the Department of Plant ...more
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David Don is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
David Don Dec. at 42 (1799-1841)
David Don (21 December 1799 – 15 December 1841) was a Scottish botanist. David Don was born on 21 December 1799 at Doo Hillock, Forfar, Angus, Scotland. He was the younger brother of George Don, ...more
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David Douglas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 35 (1799-1834)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom, Scone, Scotland, + more

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