John Gilmour (botanist)
John Scott Lennox Gilmour VMH FLS (28 September 1906 – 3 June 1986) was a British botanist, curator of the Cambridge University Herbarium, and later director of Cambridge University Botanic Garden and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.
|Born||28 September 1906|
|Died||3 June 1986(aged 79)|
Clare College, Cambridge
|Known for||Botany, Horticulture, Systematics|
|Awards||Victoria Medal of Honour|
|Institutions||Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, RHS Wisley|
|Influenced||William T. Stearn|
John Gilmour was born in London and educated at Downs School, Malvern, Uppingham School, Rutland and Clare College, Cambridge. From 1930 to 1931 he was Curator of the Herbarium and Botanical Museum, Botany School, Cambridge University, from 1931 to 1946 Assistant Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from 1946 to 1951 Director, Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley and from 1951 to 1973 Director, Cambridge University Botanic Garden. From 1946 to 1979 he was also editor of the New Naturalist. John, a declared atheist, teamed up with Fr Maycock of Little Saint Mary's to help found the Cambridge Cyrenians, dealing with the homeless. He died in 1986, at the age of 79.
On returning to Cambridge, Gilmour succeeded Humphrey Gilbert-Carter as director in 1951, he was an important force in the development of the Eastern Garden, once the Cory Fund monies became available, and the Cory Laboratory and glasshouses were constructed in 1957. His scientific contributions were largely in the field of systematics and horticulture, playing an important role in the Systematics Association. When he retired in 1973 he was succeeded by Max Walters.
- Gilmour, J. and S. M. Walters, (1954) Wild Flowers, Botanising Britain, Collins
- Gilmour, J. and S. M. Walters, (1955) New Naturalist No 5, Wild Flowers, Collins
- ‘GILMOUR, John Scott Lennox’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 28 July 2013
- Metcalfe 1963.
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- Lacey, Pippa. "Changing Perspectives: a Garden through time". Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
- Walters, S.M. (1981). The shaping of Cambridge botany : a short history of whole-plant botany in Cambridge from the time of Ray into the present century. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521237956.
- Metcalfe, C. R. (1963). "J. S. L. Gilmour. President, 1963/1964" (PDF). The Journal of the Kew Guild: 263–265. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
- Stearn, William T. (1989a). "List of publications of John S. L. Gilmour". Plant Systematics and Evolution. 167 (1–2): 109–112. doi:10.1007/BF00936553.
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