Oliver Rackham

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Oliver Rackham
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Born (1939-10-17) October 17, 1939 (age 75)
Norwich, England
Nationality United Kingdom
Fields Botany
Institutions University of Cambridge
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Known for Woodlands
Notable awards Order of the British Empire (1998)

Oliver Rackham OBE (born October 17, 1939) is an academic who studies the British countryside, especially trees, woodlands and wood pasture, Rackham has written a number of books, including The History of the Countryside (1986) and one on Hatfield Forest. He has also studied and published extensively on the ecology of Crete, Greece.

In 1998 he was awarded the OBE for "services to Nature Conservation".[1] In 2006 he was appointed Honorary Professor of Historical Ecology in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.

He is a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and Keeper of the College Silver. On 15 October 2007 Rackham was elected Master of Corpus Christi College until 1 October 2008.

Selected works[edit]

  • Rackham, Oliver (1976). Trees and Woodland in the British Landscape. Archaeology in the Field Series (First ed.). London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. ISBN 0-460-04183-5. 
  • Rackham, Oliver (2003). Ancient Woodland: its history, vegetation and uses in England (new edition ed.). Colvend, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG5 4QB: Castlepoint Press. 
  • Rackham, Oliver (1986). The History of the Countryside: The full fascinating story of Britain's landscape. London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. ISBN 0-460-04449-4. 
  • Rackham, Oliver (1989). The Last Forest: The story of Hatfield Forest. London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. 
  • Rackham, Oliver (1990). Trees and Woodland in the British Landscape. Archaeology in the Field Series (Revised ed.). London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. ISBN 0-460-04786-8. 
  • Rackham, Oliver (1998). The Last Forest: The story of Hatfield Forest (Paperback ed.). London: Phoenix Press. ISBN 0-7538-0525-1. 
  • Rackham, Oliver (2001). Trees and woodland in the British landscape: the complete history of Britain's trees, woods & hedgerows. London: Phoenix Press. ISBN 1-84212-469-2. 
  • Grove, A.T.; Rackham, Oliver (2003). The Nature of Mediterranean Europe: An Ecological History (Second printing with corrections ed.). New Haven and London: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-10055-8. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Alan Wilson
Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
2007-2008
Succeeded by
Stuart Laing