|Ghillean T. Prance|
July 13, 1937 |
Brandeston, Suffolk, England
|Institutions||New York Botanical Garden (1963–1988)|
|Known for||Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (1988–1999)|
|Notable awards||Linnean Medal (1990)
International Cosmos Prize (1993)
Fellow of the Royal Society
Sir Ghillean Tolmie Prance FIBiol FRS FLS FRS (born 13 July 1937) is a prominent British botanist and ecologist who has published extensively on the taxonomy of families such as Chrysobalanaceae and Lecythidaceae, but drew particular attention in documenting the pollination ecology of Victoria amazonica. Prance is a former Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Prance was born on 13 July 1937 in Brandeston, Suffolk, England. He was educated at Malvern College and Keble College, Oxford. In 1963 he received a D. Phil. in Forest Botany from the Commonwealth Forestry Institute.
Prance worked from 1963 at The New York Botanical Garden, initially as a research assistant and, on his departure in 1988, as Director of the Institute of Economic Botany and Senior Vice-President for Science. Much of his career at the New York Botanical Garden was spent conducting extensive fieldwork in the Amazon region of Brazil. He was Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 1988 to 1999.
Since his retirement he has remained very active, notably involving himself with the Eden Project. Prance, a devout Christian, is currently the chair of A Rocha and was president of Christians in Science 2002–08.
He is actively involved on environmental issues, a trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust, and a Vice-President of the Nature in Art Trust. He has been president of the UK Wild Flower Society for several years.
Prance was knighted in 1995. He has been a Fellow of the Linnean Society since 1961, a Fellow of the Royal Society since 1993 and was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour in 1999. He was awarded the Patron's Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1994.
In 2000 he was made a Commander of the Order of the Southern Cross by the President of Brazil. In 2012 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon by the Government of Japan.
A biography of Prance was written by Clive Langmead.
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- Langmead, Clive (2001). A Passion for Plants: Life and Vision of Ghillean Prance, Director of Kew Gardens. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens. ISBN 1-900347-76-8.
- Bebber, D. P.; Carine, M. A.; Wood, J. R. I.; Wortley, A. H.; Harris, D. J.; Prance, G. T.; Davidse, G.; Paige, J.; Pennington, T. D.; Robson, N. K. B.; Scotland, R. W. (2010). "Herbaria are a major frontier for species discovery". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 (51): 22169–22171. doi:10.1073/pnas.1011841108. PMC 3009773. PMID 21135225.
- Prance, G. T. (2002). "Species survival and carbon retention in commercially exploited tropical rainforest". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 360 (1797): 1777–1785. Bibcode:2002RSPTA.360.1777P. doi:10.1098/rsta.2002.1041. PMID 12460497.
- Brown, S.; Swingland, I. R.; Hanbury-Tenison, R.; Prance, G. T.; Myers, N. (2002). "Changes in the use and management of forests for abating carbon emissions: Issues and challenges under the Kyoto Protocol". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 360 (1797): 1593–1605. Bibcode:2002RSPTA.360.1593B. doi:10.1098/rsta.2002.1021. PMID 12460486.
- Prance, G. T. (2000). "Ethnobotany and the future of conservation". Biologist (London, England) 47 (2): 65–68. PMID 11190230.
- Prance, G. (1999). "The poisons and narcotics of the Amazonian Indians". Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London 33 (4): 368–376. PMID 10472027.
- Morton, C.; Mori, S.; Prance, G.; Karol, K.; Chase, M. (1997). "Phylogenetic relationships of Lecythidaceae: A cladistic analysis using rbcL sequence and morphological data". American journal of botany 84 (4): 530–540. doi:10.2307/2446029. PMID 21708605.
- Dalton, H.; Goodwin, B.; Ho, M. W.; McGlade, J.; Prance, G.; Saunders, P.; Sherratt, D.; Smith, J. M.; Whittenbury, R. (1997). "Patent threat to research". Nature 385 (6618): 672. doi:10.1038/385672a0. PMID 9034179.
- Prance, G. T. (1991). "What is ethnobotany today?". Journal of Ethnopharmacology 32 (1–3): 209–216. doi:10.1016/0378-8741(91)90120-3. PMID 1881159.
- Prance, G. T. (1982). "Threatened Plants". Science 216 (4549): 977–978. doi:10.1126/science.216.4549.977. PMID 17809062.
- Mori, S. A.; Orchard, J. E.; Prance, G. T. (1980). "Intrafloral Pollen Differentiation in the New World Lecythidaceae, Subfamily Lecythidoideae". Science 209 (4454): 400–403. doi:10.1126/science.209.4454.400. PMID 17747812.
- Fidalgo, O.; Prance, G. T. (1976). "The ethnomycology of the Sanama Indians". Mycologia 68 (1): 201–210. doi:10.2307/3758915. PMID 934181.
- Prance, G. T. (1973). "The mycological diet of the Yanomam Indians". Mycologia 65 (1): 248–250. doi:10.2307/3757814. PMID 4734424.
- Prance, Anne E.; Sandved, Kjell Bloch; Prance, Ghillean T. (1993). Bark: the formation, characteristics, and uses of bark around the world. Portland, Or: Timber Press. ISBN 0-88192-262-5.
- Sandved, Kjell Bloch; Prance, Ghillean T. (1985). Leaves, the formation, characteristics, and uses of hundreds of leaves found in all parts of the world. [New York]: Crown. ISBN 0-517-55152-7.
- "Professor Sir Ghillean Prance". Trustees. Amazon Charitable Trust. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "International Trustees". A Rocha. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- "Presidents". Christians in Science. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- "Nature in Art – Trust". Nature in Art Trust. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
- Wild Flower Society: Floral fixation, The Independent, 23 August, 2010
- The Wild Flower Society website
- "List of Past Gold Medal Winners" (PDF). Royal Geographical Society. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
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