William Wright Smith

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Sir William Wright Smith
Born (1875-02-02)2 February 1875
Died 15 December 1956(1956-12-15) (aged 81)
Fields Botany
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Notable awards
Author abbrev. (botany)

Sir William Wright Smith FRS[1] FRSE FLS VMH (2 February 1875 Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire - 15 December 1956) was a Scottish botanist and horticulturalist.


Educated at Dumfries Academy and the University of Edinburgh, he rose to become the Queen's Botanist in Scotland, the Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Edinburgh, and President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


Smith is known for his research on:

Awards and honours[edit]

Smith was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1945.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Cowan, J. M. (1957). "William Wright Smith 1875-1956". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 3: 192–126. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1957.0013. JSTOR 769360. 
  2. ^ "Author Query for 'W.W.Sm.'". International Plant Names Index. 
  3. ^ Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh. 9: 63. 1915.
  4. ^ Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh. 10: 60. 1917.
  5. ^ Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 13: 208. 1921.
  6. ^ Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 15: 85. 1926.