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)
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


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


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.


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


  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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