Dukinfield Henry Scott

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

He was the fifth and youngest son of architect Sir George Gilbert Scott.[2] Born in London, he was educated at Oxford University (awarded MA) and Wurzburg University (awarded PhD), studying under the famous botanist Julius von Sachs.

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 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.[5]

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, Hants. He had married Henderina Victoria Klaassen in 1887; 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 F.R.S in 1904.


  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. ^ "Library and Archive catalogue". The Royal Society. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  6. ^ IPNI.  D.H.Scott. 

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