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John Parker,


Sarah Burles portrait
Sarah Burles portrait

John Parker, MA, DPhil, FLS, VMH, is a botanist who was Professor of Plant Cytogenetics, Director of the University Botanic Garden and Curator of the University Herbarium at Cambridge University for 15 years. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. John's research on the evolutionary genetics of plants combines fieldwork with laboratory studies. He also studies the early nineteenth century in his pursuit of the life of John Henslow, Darwin's teacher at Cambridge.

John has served as a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, was on the Council and committees of the Royal Horticultural Society, and has held an Honorary Fellowship of the Natural History Museum, London.  He has particular interests in the interactions of humans with their environment, and in church architecture, and has led tours of the Galapagos and Western Cape of South Africa, as well as closer to home in the Welsh Marches.