Peter Crane

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Sir Peter Crane, FRS (born 18 July 1954) is a former Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London. He is a fellow of the Royal Society (1998), a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences (2001),[1] a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 2002, and a Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (German National Academy of Sciences, 2004).[2] He was awarded a knighthood on 12 June 2004.[3]

Crane is an alumnus of the University of Reading,[4] he was degree BSc in Biology in 1975 then, he achieved a PhD in Botany in the faculty of Biology, of Reading University in 1981, with a thesis on "Studies on the Flora of the Reading Beds (Upper Palaeocene)”. His own research interests involve the integration of studies of living and fossil plants, in order to understand large-scale patterns and processes of plant evolution. He has previously held positions at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago (as assistant curator in the Department of Geology, and director with overall responsibility for scientific programs) and at the University of Chicago (professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences).[5]

From 1999 to 2005, Crane was Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.[6] In November 2005, he announced he would resign his position at Kew to accept a faculty appointment in the University of Chicago’s Department of Geophysical Sciences beginning 1 July 2006.[7] On 4 March 2009 it was announced Crane would leave the University of Chicago to become the new dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, succeeding James Speth. His appointment is effective September 2009.[8]

Crane stepped down from his position at Yale on 30 June 2016 to become the inaugural president of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, an estate of Rachel Lambert Mellon in Virginia that includes extensive gardens and a library of landscape history and plant science.[9]

Crane is married with two children, a daughter and son.[10]

Further reading[edit]

"Pulling up roots" an interview with Peter Crane by Stuart Jeffries. The Guardian. 29 April 2006.


  1. ^ "Doctor of botany returns a knight". Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  2. ^ "List of Members". Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Gazette: Official Public Record". August 25, 2005. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ Moon, Vicky (August 26, 2016). "He curates Bunny Mellon's legacy of garden and design". Fauquier Now. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Doctor of botany returns a knight". Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  6. ^ "Peter Crane | Luc Hoffmann Institute". Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  7. ^ "Sir Peter Crane accepts faculty appointment in Geophysical Sciences". Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  8. ^ Yale Daily News: "F&ES unearths new dean"
  9. ^ "Peter Crane to step down as dean of F&ES". Yale News. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  10. ^ "Doctor of botany returns a knight". Retrieved 2016-09-09.