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Peter Hamilton Raven, PhD, DSc, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Raven has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of plant sciences and higher education

In his writings, Dr. Peter Hamilton Raven has covered such topics as evolution, taxonomy and systematics, biogeography, coevolution, plant conservation, ethnobotany and public policy.

    ST. LOUIS, MO, November 21, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Peter Hamilton Raven, PhD, DSc, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Raven celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Raven is a George Englemann professor of botany at Washington University in St. Louis and president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis since 2010. Known as one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity, he began at the Botanical Garden in 1971 serving as director with his position becoming president and director in 2006. Dr. Raven was also a taxonomist and curator for the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden in Claremont, California, between 1961 and 1962 and an assistant progressing to associate professor of biological sciences at Stanford University in California between 1962 and 1971.

Dr. Raven has written extensively in his field. He has published more than 700 articles, books, textbooks and monographs, including a 321-page monograph on Epilobium in Australasia and a 240-page monograph on the reclassification of the Onagraceae. In his writings, he has covered such topics as evolution, taxonomy and systematics, biogeography, coevolution, plant conservation, ethnobotany and public policy. Best known for co-authoring "Butterflies and Plants: A Study in Coevolution," which was published in the Journal of Evolution in 1964, he has since authored and co-authored many more publications on Onagraceae. Dr. Raven also notably co-authored the textbook "Biology of Plants," which is now in its eighth edition.

Throughout his near 50-year career, Dr. Raven has been able to create an accurate list of plants in North and South America. Although there are still many more plant species still to be found, it was a huge contribution to his field and his profession. Dr. Raven also devoted approximately 25 years to the recognition of approximately 32,000 known species in China with the collaboration of other scientists.

Dr. Raven continues to speak on the need for biodiversity and species conservation. He has served on the advisory council of CRDF Global, the board of trustees for the Science Service, now the Society for Science and the Public, and in countless other roles. He is chairman emeritus of the United States Civilian Research and Development Foundation for the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union, now CRDF Global, honorary member of the foreign advisory board of the Botanical Garden Organization of Thailand and a facilities committee member of the Coalition for Plant and Life Sciences, among other roles. Furthermore, Dr. Raven has been active with multiple local organizations such as the Botanic Gardens Conservation International and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis.

Dr. Raven is the recipient of dozens of awards, including a 2012 Leadership in Science Publication Service Award by the American Society of Plant Biologists, a 2010 William L. Brown Award for Excellence in Genetic Resource Conservation, and multiple achievement and service awards. In 2000, he was honored by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists with the establishment of the Peter Raven Award. The society's award is to be conferred to authors with outstanding contributions to plant taxonomy and for exceptional efforts at outreach to non-scientists. Dr. Raven has been cited in nearly 50 editions of Who's Who, including Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering and Who's Who in the Midwest.

Prior to embarking on his illustrious career, Dr. Raven received a Bachelor of Science in biology, with highest honors, from the University of California, Berkeley. Following this accomplishment, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in plant sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles. Between 1982 and 2014, Dr. Raven received 18 honorary Doctor of Science degrees, including one from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and the National University of La Plata in Argentina, among others.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Raven has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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