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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.

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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 70 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 62 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 81 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 67 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