Professor John Proctor (1944–2006)
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Professor John Proctor, one of the foremost researchers on both the ecology of areas over ultramafic rocks and on tropical forest ecology, sadly passed away on 20th August 2006 in Blackburn, England.
John Proctor was born in 1944 in Accrington, Lancashire, England. He was described in one of his school reports as ‘bright, but a very silly boy’. As a teenager, he was a keen football player, playing in goal, and was obsessed with the local football team. Despite his boyhood aspiration, he was not spotted by their talent scouts. It was his keen mind that was noted at St Mary’s College by the teaching priests, who tried to direct him towards priesthood. However, he obtained a scholarship to the University of Oxford to read botany instead.
He gained a first class degree in 1965 and then stayed on at Oxford to do research for his D.Phil. thesis entitled Studies in Serpentine Plant Ecologywhen he travelled the length of the British Isles many times on his motorcycle. Four important papers...
KeywordsSerpentine Ultramafic Soil High Esteem Heath Forest Serpentine Plant
We are grateful to George Argent, Sue Fogden, Robin Hanbury-Tenison and Rupert Ridgeway for additional thoughts and insights and Sumpurno Bruijnzeel for the unique photograph of John.
- Hanbury-Tenison R (1984) Mulu: the rain forest. Widenfeld and Nicolson, London, UK, p 176Google Scholar
- Hoffman P, Baker AJM, Madulid DA, Proctor J (2003) Phyllanthus balgooyi (Euphorbiaceae s.l.), a new nickel-hyperaccumulating species from Palawan and Sabah. Blumea 48:193–199Google Scholar
- Proctor J (1979) A preliminary look at the language of Long Terawan. Sarawak Mus J 27(48):103–170Google Scholar
- Proctor J (ed) (1997) Scottish vegetation: plant ecology in Scotland. Bot J Scotland 49: 1–524Google Scholar
- Proctor J, Proctor S, (1978) Nature’s use of colour in plants and their flowers. Peter Lowe, London, UK, p 116Google Scholar
- Proctor J, Woodell SRJ (1975) The ecology of serpentine soils. Adv Ecol Res 9:256–347Google Scholar