Stephen Blackmore

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Stephen Blackmore in Yosemite National Park

Stephen Blackmore CBE FRSE FRSB FLS (born 30 July 1952) is a British botanist, who was educated at St. George's School, Hong Kong and the University of Reading where he completed his PhD in 1976. He then worked at the Royal Society of London’s Research Station on Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean before being appointed Lecturer in Biology and Head of the National Herbarium and Botanic Garden at the University of Malawi. In 1980, he was appointed Head of Palynology at Natural History Museum in London and from 1990 to 1999 served there as Keeper of Botany. He was the 15th Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh from 1999 until 20 December 2013,[1] and was appointed Her Majesty's Botanist in Scotland in 2010.[2]

Blackmore has received three awards from the Linnean Society of London: the Trail-Crisp Medal Award in 1987; the Bicentenary Medal of the Linnean Society in 1992; and the Linnean Medal in 2012. The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society awarded him the Scottish Horticultural Medal in 2008, and the Royal Horticultural Society presented him the Victoria Medal of Honour in 2012. In the 2011 New Year Honours list he was appointed a CBE for "services to plant conservation".[3]

In 2013 Blackmore was appointed Chairman of the Darwin Expert Committee of the Darwin Initiative and, since 2014, he has also been Chairman of Botanic Gardens Conservation International. He serves on the board of the Seychelles Islands Foundation.


  1. ^ "Prof Stephen Blackmore, CBE". People of Today. Debrett's. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Her Majesty's Botanist in Scotland". The Gazette. British Government.
  3. ^ "CBE for Professor Stephen Blackmore, Regius Keeper, RBGE". Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. 25 July 2011. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  4. ^ IPNI.  S.Blackmore.

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