Norman Bor

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Dr Norman Loftus Bor CIE OBE FRSE FLS FNI (2 May 1893 – 22 December 1972) was an Irish botanist.[1][2] He was awarded the Linnean Medal of the Linnean Society in 1962.


Bor was born in Tramore, County Waterford in Eire in 1893 the son of E.C.N. Bor and Mabel Thornton.[3]

He studied at Kilkenny and Mountjoy School in Dublin. He then received a BA at Dublin University before travelling to Scotland to obtain a BSc at Edinburgh University in 1921.

On graduating he received a post in the Indian Forest Service where he worked until 1948. During this period (in 1931) he married Eleanor Constance Rundell. During the First World War he served in the Connaught Rangers in France, Greece and Palestine. He was wounded in 1916.[4]

In 1948 he returned to Britain to take up the post of Assistant Director of Kew Gardens in London. He held this post until 1959 when he retired.

His wife died in 1957. They had no children.

In 1962 the Linnean Society awarded him their gold medal, the highest recognition a botanist can receive.

He died in London in 1972.[5]



  • List of the Grasses of Assam (1938)
  • Flora of Assam (1940)
  • Floras of Cyprus and Iraq
  • Manuals of Indian Botany (1953)
  • Some Beautiful Indian Climbers and Shrubs (1954)[6]

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