Dukinfield Henry Scott

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Dr Dukinfield Henry Scott FRS[1] HFRSE LLD (28 November 1854 – 29 January 1934) was a British botanist.


He was born in London on 28 November 1854, the fifth and youngest son of architect Sir George Gilbert Scott[2] and his wife Caroline Oldrid.

He studied Natural Sciences at Oxford University (graduating MA) and then studied as a postgraduate at Wurzburg University in Germany, studying under the famous botanist Julius von Sachs, and gaining a doctoratre (PhD).

From 1882 to 1885 he was Assistant to the Professor of Botany at University College, London, and from 1885 to 1892 Assistant Professor in Biology (Botany) at the Royal College of Science, South Kensington. In 1892, Scott left the Royal College of Science when he was appointed Honorary Keeper of the Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Gardens at Kew, a position he held for fourteen years.[3] He published many papers on botany in scientific journals. He did important work in paleobotany as the younger colleague of William Crawford Williamson, one of the founders of paleobotany.[4]

He was President of the Royal Microscopical Society from 1904 to 1906.[5] He was president of the Linnean Society from 1908 to 1912. He was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1916 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in June 1894.[6] In 1930 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.[7]

He was awarded the Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 1906, the Linnean Medal of the Linnean Society in 1921, the Darwin Medal of the Royal Society in 1926 and the Wollaston Medal of the Geological Society of London in 1928.[1]

He died in East Oakley House near Basingstoke, in Hampshire.


In 1887 he married Henderina Victoria Klaassen (d.1929). They had seven children, one of whom died in infancy.

One of his most brilliant students was Harold Wager, who became his student in botany in 1886 and went on to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1904.


  • An Introduction to Structural Biology (2 vols) (1894,1896)
  • Studies in Fossil Botany (1900)
  • The Evolution of Plants (1911)

Botanical Reference[edit]


  1. ^ a b o., F. W.; s., A. C. (1934). "Dukinfield Henry Scott. 1854-1934". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 1 (3): 205. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1934.0006. JSTOR 768823. 
  2. ^ Arber, Agnes; Goldbloom, Alexander. "Scott, Dukinfield Henry". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35984.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ Addison, Henry Robert; Oakes, Charles Henry; Lawson, William John; Sladen, Douglas Brooke Wheelton (1907). "SCOTT, Dukinfield Henry". Who's Who. Vol. 59. p. 1571. 
  4. ^ Oliver, F. W. (1934). "Dukinfield Henry Scott 1854-1934". New Phytologist. 33 (2): 73. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.1934.tb06800.x. 
  5. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X. 
  6. ^ "Library and Archive catalogue". The Royal Society. Retrieved 12 October 2010. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X. 
  8. ^ IPNI.  D.H.Scott. 

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