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Peter Crane

President, Oak Spring Garden Foundation

Crane_peter_yetphoto_june_2018 Sir Peter Crane FRS is known internationally for his work on the diversity of plant life – its origin, fossil history, current status, conservation, and use. From 1982 to 1999 he was at the Field Museum in Chicago, and from 1999 to 2006 he was Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, one of the largest, most prestigious and influential botanical gardens in the world. He returned to Chicago in 2006 as the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor at The University of Chicago. From 2009 to 2016, he was the Carl W. Knobloch Jr., Dean of Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Peter Crane was elected to the Royal Society – the U.K. academy of sciences – in 1998 and was knighted in the U.K. for services to horticulture and conservation in 2004. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a Member of the German Academy Leopoldina. Sir Peter is the recipient of several honorary degrees from universities in the U.K. and U.S., including honorary doctorates of science from the University of Connecticut and Cambridge University. He received the International Prize for Biology in December 2014. He is currently President of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Virginia, 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. The Foundation is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating scholarship and public dialogue on the uses, history, and future of plants, including their importance for human well-being and in the culture of gardens and landscapes.


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