Professor David Mabberley made AM

Professor David Mabberley made AM

Professor David Mabberley (1967, Botany) has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2016 Australia Day Honours List, in recognition of his significant contribution to Botanical Science.

As an Academic, Researcher and Author, Professor Mabberley has worked with plants on six continents over more than 45 years in both universities and at some of the world’s top botanic gardens, including Kew in London, where he was keeper of the herbarium, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, where he was executive director from 2011-2013, and the University of Washington gardens in Seattle.

He is also a prolific author, having written 17 books including Mabberley’s Plant-book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses, which lists and describes more than 20,000 plants and is widely regarded as an essential reference text for botany students.

“The AM is of course a great honour - and also a very pleasant surprise,” Professor Mabberley said. “It is very touching that someone should have taken the trouble to put my name forward and get botanical work recognised in this way. What is particularly gratifying from my point of view is that the importance of research, teaching and writing on plants is recognised at national level.”