Ralph Kirkwood who died on 9 June 2014, was born in Glasgow on 6 July 1933. He received his secondary education at the University of Glasgow. He went on to become a very special botanist characterized by the breadth and depth of his impact on academic, social and environmental matters. In the wonderful world of weeds he was known for his prodigious output of publications on plants, physiology, herbicides and weed control. His career at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow illustrated his love of botany that was developed, shared and sustained with others through his skills as a lecturer, researcher and community leader. Ralph, is survived by his wife Mair, sons David, Andrew and Gareth and grandchildren Jamie, Ross, Nicolas, Alistair, Calum and Victoria.
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