Lawrence Alexander Sidney Johnson
Lawrence Alexander Sidney Johnson FAA, (26 June 1925 – 1 August 1997) known as Lawrie Johnson, was an Australian taxonomic botanist. He worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, for the whole of his professional career, as a botanist (1948–1972), Director (1972–1985) and Honorary Research Associate (1986–1997).
Alone or in collaboration with colleagues, he distinguished and described four new families of vascular plants, 33 new genera, and new 286 species (including posthumous publications), and reclassified another 395 species.
Of the families he described, Rhynchocalycaceae (with B. G. Briggs, 1985) is accepted by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG); Hopkinsiaceae and Lyginiaceae, which he and B. G. Briggs proposed in 2000 be carved out of Anarthriaceae, have not been accepted by the APG.
Lawrie Johnson died of cancer in 1997.
He received many honours and awards, including:
- 1979 The Clarke Medal of the Royal Society of New South Wales
- 1984 The Mueller Medal of ANZAAS
- 1986 Elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
- 1987 Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "For service to the science of botany as Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney"
- Barbara G. Briggs (2001). "Biographical memoir : Lawrence Alexander Sidney Johnson 1925-1997". Australian Academy of Science. Retrieved 11 December 2016. - originally published in Historical Records of Australian Science, vol.13, no.4, 2001.
- "Member of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. 26 January 1987. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
- IPNI. L.A.S.Johnson.
- Photo of L.A.S. Johnson https://www.flickr.com/photos/17674930@N07/3992450414/
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