Vernon Heywood

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Vernon Hilton Heywood (born 24 December 1927) is a British biologist. His specializations are medicinal and aromatic plants, and the conservation of wild relatives of plants.

He was Professor of Botany and Head of Department at the University of Reading until 1987 when he became founder and director of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).[1]

In 1987 he was awarded the Linnean Medal of the Linnean Society of London.[2] Planta Europa honored him with their Linnaeus award at their fifth conference, held in 2007 in Cluj Napoca.[3] The book Taxonomy and Plant Conservation (Cambridge University Press, 2006, Etelka Leadlay and Stephen Jury, eds.) was dedicated as a tribute to Heywood in honor of his 75th birthday.[4][5]

His publications include several major books including Principles of angiosperm taxonomy (1963),[6] Flowering Plants of the World, and its update Flowering Plant Families of the World (with Richard K. Brummitt, Alastair Culham and Ole Seberg) as well as the Global Biodiversity Assessment.


  1. ^ "Professor Heywood's information page from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading".
  2. ^ Recipients of the Linnean Medal Archived February 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine..
  3. ^ About Planta Europa Archived 2007-11-11 at the Wayback Machine..
  4. ^ Leadlay & Jury 2006.
  5. ^ Publisher's catalog entry with text of frontmatter dedicating the book to Heywood.
  6. ^ Davis & Heywood 1963.
  7. ^ IPNI.  Heywood.


  • Leadlay, Etelka; Jury, Stephen, eds. (2006). Taxonomy and plant conservation : the cornerstone of the conservation and the sustainable use of plants. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-84506-9. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  • Davis, Peter Hadland; Heywood, Vernon Hilton (1963). Principles of angiosperm taxonomy. Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd. Retrieved 30 December 2015.

External links

  • Heywood's publications from
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