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date: 30 November 2021

Stirton, Prof. Charles Howard free

Stirton, Prof. Charles Howard free

PhD; FLS

Born 25 Nov. 1946; s of late Charles Aubrey and Elizabeth Maud Stirton; m 1979, Jana Žantovská (d 2015); one d

botanist, mentor, writer

Education

Univ. of Natal (BSc, BSc Hons, MSc); Univ. of Cape Town (PhD 1989)

Career

Botanist, Botanical Res. Inst., Pretoria, 1975–82; S African Liaison Botanist, 1979–82, B. A. Krukoff Botanist for Neotropical Legumes, 1982–87, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Associate Prof., Univ. of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 1988–90; self-employed, 1990; economic botanist, 1990–92, Dep. Dir, and Dir, Sci. and Horticulture, 1992–96, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Founding Dir, Nat. Botanic Gdn of Wales, 1996–2002. Chm., Contextua, 2002–05. Dir, St Vincent Capital Ltd, 2010–; Founding Dir, Matara Gdns of Wellbeing, 2012–17. Vis. Prof., Univ. of Reading, 1993–96; Hon. Prof., Univ. of Wales, 1997–2002; Hon. Res. Associate, Univ. of Cape Town, 2008–. Trustee, Gateway Gardens Trust, 2003–10. Mentor, Mellon Foundn, 2007–09. Founding Trustee, Ourobos Res. and Educn Trust; Special Advr, Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust, 2013– (Founding Trustee, 2012–13). FLS 1975. Hon. DSc Glamorgan, 2001

Publications

(ed) Plant Invaders: beautiful but dangerous, 1978; (ed with J. Zarucchi) Advances in Legume Biology, 1990; (ed) Advances in Legume Systematics 3, 1987; (ed) The Changing World of Weeds, 1995; (jtly) Field Guide to Renosterveld of the Overberg, 2020; contrib. numerous scientific papers

Recreations

gardening, postcards, photography, philately, postal history, writing, books, travelling, cinema