21 September 1921|
|Died||15 July 2006
King's College London
|Alma mater||Queen Mary College|
|Notable students||David Bellamy|
|Known for||Author of Field Guides|
|Author abbrev. (botany)||F.Rose|
Francis Rose MBE (29 September 1921 – 15 July 2006) was an English field botanist and conservationist. He was an author, researcher and teacher. His ecological interests in Britain and Europe included bryophytes, fungi, higher plants, plant communities and woodlands.
Rose was born in south London. He studied natural sciences at Chelsea Polytechnic and Queen Mary College, University of London, graduating with a degree in botany. He obtained a PhD in 1953, studying the structure and ecology of British lowland bogs.
From 1949, he taught at Bedford College and other colleges in London. In 1964, he joined the geography department as Senior Lecturer in Biogeography at King's College London, becoming a Reader in 1975 until 1981.
- The Wild Flower Key — How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland, 1981. Revised by Clare O'Reilly, 2006. Frederick Warne. ISBN 0-7232-5175-4.
- Colour Identification Guide to the Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns of the British Isles and North Western Europe, 1989. Viking. ISBN 0-670-80688-9.
- The Flora of Hampshire, 1996. Co-authored with Richard Mabey, Lady Anne Brewis and Paul Bowman. Harley Books. ISBN 0-946589-34-8.
- Rose, Francis; P. Wolseley (1984). Nettlecombe Park: Its History and Its Epiphytic Lichens - An Attempt at Correlation. Field Studies Council. ISBN 1-85153-165-3.
- The Observer's book of Grassse Sedges and Rushes, 1974. Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd
For a full list of publications see Obituary in Watsonia.
- Obituary. Francis Rose 1921 - 2006. Watsonia 26: 515 - 518
- Obituary. Francis Rose MBE (1921–2006) Journal of Bryology 29(3):207-210
- The Francis Rose Reserve, Kew Gardens
- Obituary, The Times, 29 July 2006.
- Obituary, The Independent, 21 July 2006.
- Profile: Francis Rose — Holistic view of ecology and conservation, by John Akeroyd, Plant Talk, no. 30, October 2002.