Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

David Mabberley

Professor David Mabberley - formerly Director of the Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew from March 2008 to 2011 and Executive Director, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust 2011-2013.

With degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge (where he completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor E J H Corner, the celebrated tropical botanist), and 20 years as a Tutorial Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, David Mabberley has had a distinguished botanical career in academia and is recognised as an eminent botanist, historian and authority on botanical art. He has carried out fieldwork throughout the tropics and has had visiting positions in universities in many countries. Currently, he is Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Before working at Kew, David was Director at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens in Seattle, USA. The University of Washington Botanic Gardens were established in 2005 under his management. Before moving to USA, he lived in Australia and led Greening Australia (New South Wales), a revegetation non-governmental organisation, as Chief Executive Officer. He was President of the Society for the History of Natural History 1993-1996 and President of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy 2005-2011.

David Mabberley is the author of Mabberley’s Plant-Book which gives an overview of the world’s flora and is currently in its third edition (awarded Engler Medal 2009). He has written 15 other books, including the definitive biography of Robert Brown and books on botanical artists such as Ferdinand Bauer, Arthur Harry Church and Geraldine King Tam. He is widely published in scientific literature and received the Linnean Medal for Botany in 2006.