George Taylor (1904 - 1993)

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About George Taylor

Biographical Summary

TAYLOR, SIR GEORGE. 15/02/1904-13/11/1993. Ref: 3027. Male.

  • Titles and British Honours: Knight (1962).
  • Place of Birth: Edinburgh.
  • Place of Death: Dunbar, East Lothian.
  • Profession: Botanist.
  • Appointments Held: Assistant 1928-, Herbarium, Deputy Keeper 1945-50, Keeper 1950-56, Botany, British Museum; Director 1956-71, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew; Director 1971-89, Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust at Belhaven House, Dunbar, East Lothian.
  • Schools and Tutors: Boroughmuir Secondary School, Edinburgh; George Heriot's School, Edinburgh.
  • Undergraduate Studies: B.Sc (Edinburgh 1926).
  • Postgraduate Studies: D.Sc (Edinburgh),Ph D(Edinburgh 1934), Ph.D (Hon Gothenberg 1958), LL.D (Dundee 1972).
  • Publications: "An Account of the Genus Mecanopsis" 1934.
  • Marital Status: Married 1st (1929) Alice Helen Pendrich d.1977, 2nd Norah English d.1967, 3rd (1969) Beryl, Lady Colwyn d.1987.
  • Mother: Jane Sloan.
  • Father: George William Taylor, painter & decorator.
  • War Service: 1939-45. Principal 1940-5, Finance Branch, Air Ministry, Yorkshire.
  • References: RSE Year Book 1995, 134-6; Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of The Royal Society, 41,1995, 459-67 by J.Cullen (portrait), 467-9 catalogue of publications; Who's Who 1989, 1756; Who Was Who 9.
  • Memberships: FRS (1968), FLS, FRHS(Hon 1948), Botanical Society (President 1955), Royal Society Science, Uppsala (1956) etc.
  • Date of Election: 06/03/1933.
  • Proposers: Sir William Wright Smith, William Edgar Evans, Malcolm Wilson, John MacQueen Cowan (Candidates List 1933).
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 915

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