Born in Western Australia, on 4 April 1939.
A member of staff of the Western Australian Herbarium 1959-1981. From 1981-1993 foundation Executive Editor of the Flora of Australia. His research activities span Caesalpiniaceae, Myrtaceae, Orchidaceae and Proteaceae, and he is perhaps best known for work on Banksia, Dryandra, Synaphea and Verticordia. His main herbarium (17 000+ numbers) is in PERTH.
Extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic
Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed.,
ABRS. [consult for source references]
Received an Order of Australia (AM) in the Honours’ list announced 11 June 2012 for service to conservation and the environment as a botanist, historian and author, particularly in the area of Australian flora, and through roles with national and international professional organisations:
President, Kew Guild Council, 2010-2022; Committee Member, since 2003.
Member, Steering Committee, Species Plantarum: Flora of the World project, since 1999.
Australian Botanical Liaison Officer to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 1967-1969 and 2004-2005.
President, Royal Society of Western Australia, 2000-2001; Senior Vice-President, 1998-2000; Junior Vice-President, 1996-1998.
Council Secretary, International Organisation for Plant Information, 1991-1997.
Honorary Research Associate, WA Herbarium, 1993-2009.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Murdoch University, since 1994.
Life Member, International Association for Plant Taxonomy.
Inaugural and Executive Editor, Flora of Australia Project, 1981-1993.
Member, WA Wildflower Society.
Member, Australasian Systemic Botany Society.