Edward James Salisbury

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Sir Edward James Salisbury (16/4/1886-10/11/1978)



Academic botanist, plant photographer, field naturalist, and gardener.
Born 16 April 1886 at Limbrick Hall on Harpenden Common, Hertfordshire, the youngest of nine children (six boys, three girls) of James Wright Salisbury and Elizabeth née Stimpson.
Showed an interest in botany when still a schoolboy, and was given a copy of Phebe Lankester's "Wild Flowers Worth Notice" for his tenth birthday.
Attended a preparatory school in St Albans, followed by University College School, London.
1905 Entered University College London, graduated in botany in 1908.
Whilst an undergraduate took part in Prof. Oliver's field trips to Bouche d'Erquy, in Brittany, and may have been the author of the limerick :

A certain Professor of Botany
To save his class from monotony
Led his students a dance
Round a salt marsh in France
To develop their brains, if they've got any.

1909 FLS.
1913 obtained DSc for a thesis on fossil seeds.
Founder member of British Ecological Society in 1913.
1917 married Mabel Coles and moved to 'Willow Pool', Radlett, Hertfordshire.
1924 Reader in plant ecology, and from 1929 Professor of botany at UCL.
1933 FRS.
1939 CBE.
1946 knighted.
1943-1956 director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.
Died 10 November 1978 at Bognor Regis, Sussex.

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