Neil Towers

Botanist, Deceased Person

1923 – 2004

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Who was Neil Towers?

George Hugh Neil Towers FRSC was Emeritus Professor of Botany at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

He was awarded the Flavelle Medal in 1986 and was cited extensively for his work in medicinal phytochemistry and ethnopharmacology of medicinal plants.

He was born in Bombay, India and was the eldest son of Lieutenant-Colonel George William Towers D.S.O., O.B.E..

His scientific curiosity was aroused by the vast array of insect, plant and reptile life in the tropical climate of Burma where his mother Kathleen Mary Thompson had been born. His mother's family had lived continuously in Burma since the late 18th century.

During World War II he served with distinction in the Royal Navy aboard Corvettes reaching the rank of Lieutenant.

After obtaining his PhD at Cornell University in 1954, he worked at McGill University and the National Research Council of Canada before being recruited to the University of British Columbia as Head of the Botany Department.

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Born
Sep 28, 1923
India
Profession
Education
  • Cornell University
  • McGill University
Lived in
  • Mumbai
Died
Nov 15, 2004

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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