The International Year of Biodiversity

  • Ghillean Prance


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Author Biography

Ghillean Prance
Professor Sir Ghillean Prance was born in Suffolk in
1937 and was educated at Malvern College and Keble
College Oxford where he obtained a BA in Botany and
a D.Phil. His career began at the New York Botanical
Garden in 1963 as a research assistant and subsequently B.A. Krukoff Curator of Amazonian Botany, Director and Vice-President of Research and finally Senior Vice-President for Science. His exploration of Amazonia included 15 expeditions in which he collected over 350 new species of plants. He was Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 1988 to 1999, McBryde Professor at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii from 2001 to 2002 and is currently McBryde Senior Fellow there. He is Scientific Director and a Trustee of the Eden Project in Cornwall and Visiting Professor at Reading University. He is the author of 19 books and has published over 520 scientific and general papers in taxonomy, ethnobotany, economic botany, conservation and ecology. He holds 15 honorary doctorates and in 1993 received the International COSMOS Prize and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was knighted in July 1995 and received the Victoria Medal of Honour from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1999. He
received the David Fairchild Medal for plant exploration in 2000 and the Allerton Award in 2005. In 2000 he was made a Commander of the Order of the Southern Cross by the President of Brazil. He continues to be active with research in plant systematics and in conservation of the tropical rainforest. He chairs the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Trust, the Mass Extinction Memorial Observatory (MEMO), A Rocha International and the Development Committee of the Eden Project and is a board member of the Amazon Conservation Trust and the Exbury Gardens Trust. He is President of The Wildflower Society, Nature in Art and the International
Tree Foundation. The International Year of Biodiversity.


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How to Cite
Prance, G. (2010). The International Year of Biodiversity. Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (8), 4-9.