V. S. Summerhayes

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V.S. Summerhayes
Born Victor Samuel Summerhayes
(1897-02-21)21 February 1897
Street, Somerset, England
Died 27 December 1973(1973-12-27) (aged 76)
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Botanist
Known for Study of Orchids

Victor Samuel Summerhayes OBE (21 February 1897 – 27 December 1974) was an English botanist[1] in charge of the orchid herbarium at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew for 39-years.[2]

Summerhayes was born on 21 February 1897 at Street, Somerset and he was educated at Sexey's School, Bruton and University College, London.[2] His time at University was interrupted when he served in the Royal Engineers including action at the Battle of the Somme.[2] In 1920 after being awarded a first-class honours degree, he was awarded the Quain Studentship. Summerhayes started work at the Herbarium at Kew in 1924.[2]

Summerhayes retired from the Royal Botanical Gardens in 1964 and moved to Sidmouth where he lived until his death in 1974.[2]


  1. ^ http://www.newnaturalists.com/authors/pages/v-s-summerhayes.aspx
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mr V. S. Summerhayes." Times [London, England] 7 Jan. 1975: 14. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 3 July 2013.
  3. ^ IPNI.  Summerh.