William Wright Smith
Sir William Wright Smith
|Died||15 December 1956(aged 81)|
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
|Author abbrev. (botany)|
He rose to become from 1922 to 1956 the Queen's Botanist in Scotland, the 10th Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Edinburgh.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1919, his proposers being Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour, James Hartley Ashworth and Donald Cameron McIntosh. He served as Secretary to the Society 1923–28, Vice-President 1928–31, President 1944-49 and won the Society's Makdougall-Brisbane Prize for 1940–42.
From 1907 until 1910, Smith went travelling in northern India with his nephew and ward, Roland Edgar Cooper FRSE, collecting samples in Sikkim, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Cooper later took over from Smith in his role of Head Curator of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Smith is known for his research on:
He was married to Emma Wiedhofft. In 1905 they took guardianship of their nephew, Roland Edgar Cooper.
- Cowan, J. M. (1957). "William Wright Smith 1875-1956". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 3: 192–202. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1957.0013. JSTOR 769360.
- IPNI. W.W.Sm.
- THE BOTANICAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH 1836-1936 (PDF). p. 15.
- Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh. 9: 63. 1915.
- Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh. 10: 60. 1917.
- Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 13: 208. 1921.
- Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 15: 85. 1926.
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