Stephen Blackmore CBE FRSE FRSB FLS is a British botanist, who was educated at St. George’s School, Hong Kong and the University of Reading where he completed his PhD. He then worked at the Royal Society of London’s Research Station on Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean before being appointed Lecturer in Biology and Head of the National Herbarium and Botanic Garden at the University of Malawi. In 1980, he was appointed Head of Palynology at Natural History Museum in London and from 1990 to 1999 served there as Keeper of Botany. He was the 15th Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh from 1999 until 20 December 2013, and was appointed Her Majesty’s Botanist in Scotland in 2010. Stephen has contributed to a number of successful books including the Pengion Dictionary of Botany, A Natural History of Belize, and Plants of China.