William Bertram Turrill

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William Bertram Turrill
Born (1890-06-14)14 June 1890
Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Died 15 December 1961(1961-12-15) (aged 71)
Surrey
Alma mater Chelsea Polytechnic[1]
Spouse(s) Florence Homan
Awards Linnean Medal (1958)
Fellow of the Royal Society[1]
Order of the British Empire
Scientific career
Institutions Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Author abbrev. (botany)

William Bertram Turrill FRS OBE (14 June 1890 – 15 December 1961) was an English botanist.[3]

W B Turrill's mathematical classification of leaf shapes

Education[edit]

He was born in Woodstock, Oxfordshire to William Banbury and Thirza Mary (née Homan) Turrill and educated at the Woodstock National School.

Career[edit]

Turrill worked in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and was responsible for many innovations including a mathematical classification of leaf shapes.[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

Turrill received the Order of the British Empire in 1955 and the gold medal of the Linnean Society in 1958. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in March 1958[1] as someone:

This botanist is denoted by the author abbreviation Turrill when citing a botanical name.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He married Florence Homan in 1918.

Eponymy[edit]

The plant species Veronica turrilliana, Symplocos turrilliana, Cryptocarya turrilliana, Astragalus turrillii and Cyperus turrillii are named after him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hubbard, C. E. (1971). "William Bertram Turrill 1890-1961". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 17: 688–712. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1971.0028. 
  2. ^ IPNI.  Turrill. 
  3. ^ http://www.wku.edu/~smithch/chronob/TURR1890.htm
  4. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Brummitt, R. K.; C. E. Powell (1992). Authors of Plant Names. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ISBN 1-84246-085-4. 

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