Sydney Howard Vines

Sydney Howard Vines FRS[1] (31 December 1849 – 4 April 1934) was a British botanist and academic. He was Sherardian Professor of Botany at Oxford University from 1888 to 1919,[2] and served as President of the Linnean Society of London from 1900 to 1904.[3] He directed the publication of the Annals of Botany from 1887 to 1899.[3]

Sydney Howard Vines

Education and careerEdit

Vines studied at Christ's College, Cambridge, obtaining his Bachelor of Science in 1873, Bachelor of Arts in 1876, Master of Arts in 1879, and his doctorate in 1883.[4] He became a member of the Linnean Society of London in 1885.[3]


Vines' works include:

  • Lectures on the physiology of plants. University press. 1886.
  • A Student's Text-book of Botany. S. Sonnenschein & Company. 1896.
  • Science Lectures at South Kensington (1878),
  • An Elementary Text-Book of Botany ... With 397 Illustrations. London. 1905.
  • A Course of Practical Instruction in Botany. 1887. ISBN 978-0-554-86700-7.
  • Text-book of Botany, Morphological and Physical (1892),
  • An Account of the Herbarium of the University of Oxford. 1897.
  • An Elementary Text-book of Botany: From the German of Dr. K. Prantl (1898), The Dillenian Herbaria, (1907).

Additional informationEdit

His parents birthnames were William Reynolds and Jessie Robertson. He married an Agnes Bertha Perry in 1884.[3] The Vines, Oxford was built for him.[3] He was the father of the author and academic Sherard Vines.[6]


  1. ^ A. B. R. (1934). "Sydney Howard Vines. 1849-1934". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 1 (3): 185–188. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1934.0003.
  2. ^ "Prof. S. H. Vines, F.R.S". Nature. 133 (3363): 562. 1934. doi:10.1038/133562c0.
  3. ^ a b c d e Allen G. Debus (dir.) (1968). World Who’s Who in Science. Debus (ed.) (1968). World Who's Who in Science. A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Scientists from Antiquity to the Present. Marquis-Who’s Who (Chicago) : xvi + 1855 p. A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Scientists from Antiquity to the Present.-Marquis Who's Who (Chicago): xvi + 1855 p.
  4. ^ "Vines, Sydney Howard (VNS872SH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. ^ IPNI.  Vines.
  6. ^ Snell, William (2007). "James Cousins and Sherard Vines at Keio University: 1919-20; 1923-28" (PDF). The Hiyoshi Review of English Studies. 50: 45.