William T. Stearn
William Thomas Stearn was a British botanist. He is known for his work in botanical taxonomy and botanical history. His best known books are his Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners and his Botanical Latin for scientists. He died in London in 2001 at the age of 83.
About William T. Stearn in brief
William Thomas Stearn was a British botanist. Born in Cambridge in 1911, he was largely self-educated. He is known for his work in botanical taxonomy and botanical history. His best known books are his Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners, a popular guide to the scientific names of plants, and his Botanical Latin for scientists. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1997. He died in London in 2001 at the age of 83. He has been described as ‘one of the greatest botanists of the 20th century’ and ‘the father of modern botany’ by the Royal Society for the History of Natural History. His work is published by Simon & Schuster, which also published his book, The Botanical Names of Carl Linnaeus: A Dictionary of the Plant Names of the Ancient and Modern World, £16.99 (including p&p). For more information, visit www.simonandschuster.co.uk or go to www.samaritans.org.uk/botanical-nomenclature-for-gardeners. For more on the Linnean Society, visit their website: www.linnean-society.org/. For more about the British Botanic Garden, visit its website: http://www.cambridge-botanic.org/botanic/garden.html. For information on the Royal Horticultural Society, see www.horticultural-society.com. For details on the British Museum, visit http:// www.cam.gov.uk/.
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