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Peter Crane

President, Oak Spring Garden Foundation

Crane_peter_yetphoto_june_2018 Peter Crane is President of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Virginia (osgf.org), an estate of Rachel Lambert Mellon that includes an exquisite garden as well as an exceptional library focused on the history of plant science, plant exploration, and the development of gardens and landscape design.

He is known internationally for his work on the diversity of plant life – its origin, fossil history, current status, conservation and use. From 2009 to 2016 he was the Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean, of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Early in his career he was Director of the Field Museum in Chicago with overall responsibility for the museum's scientific programs, and from 1999 to 2006 he was Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, one of the largest and most influential botanical gardens in the world.

Dean Crane was elected to the Royal Society (the U.K. academy of sciences) in 1998. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a member of the German Academy Leopoldina. He was knighted in the U.K. for services to horticulture and conservation in 2004. He is the recipient of several honorary degrees from universities in the UK and US, including honorary doctorates of science from the University of Connecticut, Sewanee: The University of the South, and Cambridge University in the UK. He received the International Prize for Biology in December 2014. Dean Crane currently serves on the boards of Crop Trust, the Field Museum, Wellesley College, and Yale-NUS College.

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