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GWYNNE-VAUGHAN , DAVID THOMAS ( 1871 - 1915 ), botanist ;

b. 12 March 1871 at Erwood House , Brecknock , eldest son of H. T. Gwynne-Vaughan of Erwood , formerly of Cynghordy , near Llandovery , a member of the Gwynne of Glanbrân clan (q.v.) — some give Llandovery as the botanist 's place of birth, and 3 March as the date. From Monmouth school , he went up in 1890 to Christ's College , Cambridge , and graduated (class I in the natural sciences tripos) in 1893 . After carrying out research work at Kew gardens , he went in 1895 to the Amazon rubber-plantations, and afterwards ( 1896 ) was appointed lecturer in botany in Glasgow university . In 1897 he undertook a botanical exploration in the borderlands of Siam and Malaya , but resumed his academic work at Glasgow (he specialized on ferns ) in 1899 , remaining at Glasgow till 1907 , when he became head of the botany department in Birkbeck College , London . In 1911 he became professor of botany at Belfast . He was appointed professor at Reading in 1915 , but d. there, 4 Sept. , in the same year. He published a long series of papers dealing with ferns .

Sources:

  • Venn , Alumni Cantabrigienses ;
  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1932-3 (with a list of his papers).

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959