Elected: 1955
Discipline: Organismal and Environmental Biology
Professor Peter Hadland Davis FLS FRSE
Born in Weston-Super-Mare in 1918, Peter Davis was educated first at Nash House, Burnham-on-Sea, and subsequently at Bradfield College and Maiden Erleigh, Reading. In 1937 he was apprenticed to Ingwersen’s Alpine Plant Nursery at East Grinstead and it was during that time that his early interest in plants was nurtured, eventually to become an all-consuming passion which he continued until his death on the 5th of March 1992.

In 1938 he began botanising as an amateur in the Middle East, including Turkey, but his work was interrupted by the outbreak of the second world war in 1939. During the period from the beginning of hostilities until 1945 he served in the armed forces, eventually spending the last two years of his service on special duties in Cairo. On release from His Majesty Forces he came to the University of Edinburgh to study botany and graduated with a First Class Honours BSc in the summer of 1949. This was the beginning of a distinguished academic career spent wholly in the Botany Department, broken up by numerous collecting trips to various parts of the world.

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