David Smith (botanist)

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Sir David Cecil Smith (born 21 May 1930) FRS FRSE FLS was the Principal of Edinburgh University from 1987 to 1994, President of Wolfson College, Oxford, and is an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford.

Born in Port Talbot, South Wales, he studied botany at The Queen's College, Oxford, and became a lecturer at Oxford University.

He held the Chair of Botany at Bristol University and returned to Oxford as the Sibthorpian Professor of Rural Economy.

After a period as Principal of Edinburgh University, he again returned to Oxford as President of Wolfson College, which he left in September 2000.[1] He became an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College in 2002 having been Royal Society Research Fellow from 1964 to 1971 and Tutorial Fellow from 1971 to 1974.

Smith also received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1993 [2]

He was awarded the Gold Medal for Botany of the Linnean Society and served as its President (2000–2003). He is a distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association[3]

He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.[4]


  1. ^ Sir Gareth to take over at Wolfson College, Times Higher Education Supplement, 17 December 1999.
  2. ^ webperson@hw.ac.uk. "Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh: Honorary Graduates". www1.hw.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  3. ^ Humanism.org website
  4. ^ "Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering". Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Harrison Burnett
Principal of Edinburgh University
Succeeded by
Stewart Sutherland, Baron Sutherland of Houndwood
Preceded by
William James Kennedy
President of Wolfson College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Jon Stallworthy