Francis Rose

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Francis Rose
Born(1921-09-29)29 September 1921
Died15 July 2006(2006-07-15) (aged 84)
Liss, Hampshire, England
Alma materQueen Mary College
Known forAuthor of Field Guides
Scientific career
InstitutionsBedford College
King's College London
Doctoral studentsBrian J. Coppins
Other notable studentsDavid Bellamy
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, lichens, 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.

He married in 1943 to Pauline and had a family of three sons and a daughter. Rose was awarded the MBE in 2000. He died at Liss in Hampshire.[1]


  • The Wild Flower Key — How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland, 1981.[2] ISBN 0-723-22418-8 LCCN 81-163983 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.
  • Francis Rose and Pat Wolseley 1984 Nettlecombe Park: Its History and Its Epiphytic Lichens - An Attempt at Correlation Co-authored with Pat Wolseley. Academic Journal Offprint from The Journal of the Field Studies Council, Volume 6, No. 1, November 1984. 50 pp, 14 figs ISBN 978-1851531653
  • The Observer's Book of Wild Flowers, 3rd edition, 1978, Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd ISBN 0-7232-1584-7 LCCN 78-322087
  • Lichens as Pollution Monitors. Co-authored with David L. Hawksworth, 1976. Edward Arnold. ISBN 0-7131-2554-3 LCCN 77-366465
  • The Observer's Book of Grasses Sedges and Rushes, 1974. Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd ISBN 0-7232-1533-2

For a full list of publications see Obituary in Watsonia.[1]


  1. ^ a b Streeter, David (2007). "Francis Rose 1921-2006" (PDF). Watsonia. 26: 515–26. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  2. ^ Bowen, Humphry (1981). "Review of The Wild Flower Key by Francis Rose". Oryx. 16 (2): 190. doi:10.1017/S0030605300017245. S2CID 84537421.
  3. ^ International Plant Names Index.  F.Rose.

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