Elected: 1963
Discipline: Organismal and Environmental Biology
Professor Charles James Taylor CBE FRSE
After a distinguished career in forest conservation in West Africa, Charles Taylor returned in 1954 to the University of Edinburgh, retiring in 1979 as Professor of Forestry. Across the world, he will be remembered by hundreds of graduates whom he advised as their Director of Studies and welcomed to his home but, arguably, his lasting legacy is in the field of technical education below university level. He possessed great strength of character, a man of principle and clarity of purpose, coupled with wisdom, promptness of action and decisiveness.