Honour marks special cross-Atlantic scientific partnership

Dr Peter Hamilton Raven, the long-time director and now President Emeritus, of Missouri Botanical Garden, has had his services to conservation formally recognised through conferral of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Medal.

Bestowing RBGE’s highest honour on Dr Raven during a reception in the Garden’s iconic Victorian Palm House, Sir Muir Russell the institute’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, spoke of a special long-standing  relationship between Edinburgh and Missouri.

The association primarily started as a result of the massive international collaboration the Flora of China project, which Dr Raven initiated and chaired. RBGE joined the project in 1993 as the first European Editorial Centre and two years later hosted the seventh international meeting of the Joint Editorial Committee – the first time it had been held outside China.

“During 40 years as Director at Missouri, he brought great distinction to the organisation and established it as one of the world’s leading research botanic gardens”, explained Sir Muir. “Yet, while his personal research furthered understanding  of co-evolution, conservation and the family Onagraceae, Peter’s greatest scientific impact has undoubtedly been through his vision and leadership of several major regional floristic projects including the Floras of Russia, North America, Central America and, perhaps most significantly, the Flora of China. He is personally known to many at RBGE and has done much over the years to praise and promote the work of the Garden internationally. For his many outstanding achievements and for his close relationship with RBGE he is truly a worthy recipient of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Medal”.

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