Nigel Ball

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Sir Nigel Gresley Ball, 3rd Baronet (27 August 1892 – 1978) was Professor of Botany at University College, Colombo, Sri Lanka, (1924-1943).

Background and family[edit]

Ball was the younger son of Sir Charles Bent Ball and his wife Annie Julia Kinahan.

On 28 December 1922, he married Florine Isabel Irwin, the daughter of Colonel Herbert Edwardes Irwin.


He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating BA, DSc and later MA.


He served with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and was promoted Captain.

He was Professor of Botany between 1924 and 1943 at University College, Colombo, then moved to King's College London, where he was Lecturer in Botany (1944-1955), Reader in Botany (1955-1957), and Special Reader in Botany (1957-1959).


On 21 December 1945, Ball succeeded his brother as a baronet (3rd UK Baronet Ball, of Merion Square, Dublin and Killybegs, County Donegal, created 1911).


Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Ball
Ball baronets
(of Merion Square, Dublin and Killybegs, County Donegal)
Succeeded by
Charles Ball