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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.

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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) Agnes Robertson Arber FRS was a British plant morphologist and anatomist, historian of botany and philosopher of biology. She was born in London but lived most of her life in Cambridge, ...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 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 his ...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 69 Alastair Hugh Fitter CBE FRS is a British ecologist at the University of York. He was educated at Oxford and at Liverpool, and came to the Department of Biology in York in 1972. In 2004 he was ...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) Sir Albert Howard was an English botanist, an organic farming pioneer, and a principal figure in the early organic movement. He is considered by many in the English-speaking world to have been, ...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) Alexander Stuart Watt FRS 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) Sir Alfred Gibbs Bourne KCIE, DSc, FRS, FLS was a zoologist, botanist and educator. Bourne was the son of Rev. Alfred Bourne, secretary of the British Foreign School Society, and he joined the ...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 was a British lichenologist whose Lichens was an essential textbook for several decades. She was also a mycologist and founder member of the British Mycological Society, ...more

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Anthea Phillipps is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
age 61 Anthea Phillipps B.Sc. is a British botanist. Phillipps was brought up in Sabah, Borneo as a child. She received a Botany degree from the University of Durham, England. She worked at the Sabah ...more

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Anthony Lamb is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Anthony Lamb Anthony L. Lamb M.A., Dip. Ag., D.T.A. is a British botanist, born in Sri Lanka in 1942, and specialising in the flora of Borneo. Lamb was educated at Blundell's School in Tiverton and at St ...more

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Arthur Henry Reginald Buller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 70 (1874-1944) Arthur Henry Reginald Buller FRSC FRS was a British-Canadian mycologist. He is mainly known as a researcher of fungi and wheat rust.

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Arthur Hugh Garfit Alston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 56 (1902-1958) Arthur Hugh Garfit Alston was an English botanist. His father was a vicar and amateur naturalist who first got him interested in the field. A.H.G. Alston later received his B.A. from the ...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) Arthur Roy Clapham, CBE FRS, was a British botanist. Born in Norwich and educated at Downing College, Cambridge, Clapham worked at Rothamsted Experimental Station as a crop physiologist, and ...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) Aylmer Bourke Lambert 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) Helen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children's books, featuring animals such as those in The Tale of ...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 was a biologist and taxonomist, most widely known as a botanist and latterly an Honorary Research Fellow at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London. Prior to coming to Kew in ...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 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, and at Trinity and Queens' ...more

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Charles Christopher Parry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 67 (1823-1890) Charles Christopher Parry was a British-American botanist and mountaineer. Parry was born in Gloucestershire, England, but moved to the United States with his parents in 1832, settling first in ...more

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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) Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury DSO, DL, JP 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) Churchill Babington was an English classical scholar, archaeologist and naturalist, born at Rothley Temple, in Leicestershire. He was first educated by his father, Matthew Drake Babington, and ...more

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Clive A. Stace is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
age 80 Clive Anthony Stace 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. He is a past ...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 was a British botanist. He was Librarian of the Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 1860–1890 and Keeper there from 1864–1890, and Professor of Botany at University ...more

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David Baulcombe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
age 66 Sir David Charles Baulcombe, FRS FMedSci is a British plant scientist and geneticist. He is currently Royal Society Research Professor and Regius Professor of Botany at the University of

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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 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, also a botanist, their father being ...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) David Douglas was a Scottish botanist. He was born to John Douglas, a stonemason, and Jean Drummond. He worked as a gardener, and explored the Scottish Highlands, North America, and Hawaii, ...more

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David Mabberley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
age 70 Professor Dr. David John Mabberley, is a British botanist, educator and writer. Among his varied scientific interests is the taxonomy of tropical plants, especially trees of the families ...more

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Dukinfield Henry Scott is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 80 (1854-1934) Dukinfield Henry Scott FRS was a British botanist. The architect Sir George Gilbert Scott was his father. Born in London, he was educated at Oxford University and Wurzburg University, studying ...more

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Edward James Salisbury is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 92 (1886-1978) Sir Edward James Salisbury FRS was an English botanist and ecologist. He was born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and graduated in botany from University College London in 1905. In 1913, he obtained ...more

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Edward Palmer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 82 (1829-1911) Edward Palmer was a self-taught British botanist and early American archaeologist. Born in England, he spent most of his life in the United States, where he was employed by the U.S. Department ...more

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Edwin John Butler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Edwin John Butler Dec. at 69 (1874-1943) Sir Edwin John Butler FRS was a British mycologist and plant pathologist. He became the Imperial Mycologist in India and later the first director of the Imperial Bureau of Mycology in England. ...more

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Emanuel Mendez da Costa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 74 (1717-1791) Emanuel Mendez da Costa was an English botanist, naturalist, philosopher, and collector of valuable notes and of manuscripts, and of anecdotes of the literati.

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Ethel Sargant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Ethel Sargant Dec. at 55 (1863-1918) Ethel Sargant was a British botanist. She was the third daughter of Henry Sargant of Lincoln's Inn, and Emma Beale, and was educated at the North London Collegiate School and, from 1881 to 1885, ...more

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Francis Buchanan-Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 67 (1762-1829) Dr Francis Buchanan, later known as Francis Hamilton but often referred to as Francis Buchanan-Hamilton was a Scottish physician who made significant contributions as a geographer, zoologist, ...more

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Francis Darwin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 77 (1848-1925) Sir Francis "Frank" Darwin, FRS, FLS, a son of the British naturalist and scientist Charles Darwin, followed his father into botany.

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Frederick Campion Steward is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Frederick Campion Steward Dec. at 89 (1904-1993) Frederick "Camp" Campion Steward FRS was a British botanist and plant physiologist.

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Frederick Edward Hulme is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 68 (1841-1909) Frederick Edward Hulme was known as a teacher and an amateur botanist. He was the Professor of Freehand and Geometrical Drawing at King's College London from 1886. His most famous work was ...more

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Frederick Orpen Bower is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Frederick Orpen Bower Dec. at 93 (1855-1948) Frederick Orpen Bower FRS was a British botanist. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1891. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Linnean Society in 1909 and the Darwin Medal of the ...more

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George Bentham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 84 (1800-1884) George Bentham CMG FRS was an English botanist, characterised by Duane Isely as "the premier systematic botanist of the nineteenth century".

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George Caley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
George Caley Dec. at 59 (1770-1829) George Caley was an English botanist and explorer, active in Australia for the majority of his career.

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George Darby Haviland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 44 (1857-1901) Dr George Darby Haviland was a British surgeon and naturalist. He was born at Warbleton, Sussex in England. He served as Director of the Raffles Museum in Singapore as well as being a medical ...more

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George Gordon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
George Gordon Dec. at 73 (1806-1879) George Gordon was a British botanist. He worked for the London Horticultural Society as Foreman of the Horticultoral Society Gardens at Chiswick, near London. Gordon is particularly noted for ...more

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George Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 80 (1757-1837) George Hibbert was an eminent English merchant, politician, slave- and ship-owner, amateur botanist and book collector. With Robert Milligan, he was also one of the principals of the West India ...more

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George King is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
George King Dec. at 69 (1840-1909) Sir George King, was a British botanist appointed superintendent of the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta in 1871, and the first Director of the Botanical Survey of India from 1890. King was ...more

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Ghillean Prance is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Ghillean Prance age 80 Sir Ghillean Tolmie Prance FIBiol FRS FLS FRS is a prominent British botanist and ecologist who has published extensively on the taxonomy of families such as Chrysobalanaceae and Lecythidaceae, ...more

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Hans Sloane is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 93 (1660-1753) Sir Hans Sloane, 1st Baronet, PRS was a British physician and collector of Irish birth, notable for bequeathing his collection to the nation, thus providing the foundation of the British Museum. ...more

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Harry Godwin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 84 (1901-1985) Sir Harry Godwin FRS, was a prominent English botanist and ecologist of the 20th century. He is considered to be an influential peatland scientist, who coined the phrase "peat ...more

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Harry Marshall Ward is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Harry Marshall Ward Dec. at 52 (1854-1906) Harry Marshall Ward, FRS, FLS, was a British botanist, mycologist, and plant pathologist. Born in Hereford, the eldest child of Francis and Mary Marshall Ward, Harry Ward was educated at Lincoln ...more

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Helen Gwynne-Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 88 (1879-1967) Dame Helen Charlotte Isabella Gwynne-Vaughan, GBE was a prominent English botanist and mycologist.

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Henry Fletcher Hance is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Henry Fletcher Hance Dec. at 59 (1827-1886) Henry Fletcher Hance was a British diplomat who devoted his spare time to the study of Chinese plants. Born in London, his first appointment was to Hong Kong in 1844. He later became vice-consul ...more

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Henry John Elwes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Botanists from the United Kingdom
Henry John Elwes Dec. at 76 (1846-1922) Henry John Elwes, FRS was a British botanist, entomologist, author, lepidopterist, collector and traveller who became renowned for collecting specimens of lilies during trips to the Himalayas ...more