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Professor David Ingram

Honorary Professor/Honorary Professorial Fellow, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies

School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
Old Surgeons’ Hall
High School Yards
Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ

David Ingram is a plant scientist, currently: Honorary Professor, Edinburgh and Lancaster Universities; Visiting Professor, Glyndwr University; Hon. Fellow, St Catharine’s and Downing Colleges, Cambridge, Worcester College, Oxford, Myerscough (land-based industries) College, Preston, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, and Royal Scottish Geographical Society; and Honorary Member, British Society for Plant Pathology.

He studied Botany (BSc) and Plant Pathology (PhD) at Hull University (from 1960). He then taught and carried out research in Botany, Plant Pathology and Biotechnology in the Universities of Glasgow (from 1966) and Cambridge (from1968; ARC Senior Scientific Officer, then University Lecturer and finally University Reader). In Cambrige he was also a Fellow of Downing College and acted, variously, as Director of Studies in Biology, Dean and Tutor for Graduate Students. He was awarded a Doctor of Science degree (ScD) by the University of Cambridge in 1986. He became Regius Keeper (Director) of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh in 1990 and concurrently, Honorary Professor in Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities and RHS Professor of Horticulture. He was then Master of St Catharines’s College, Cambridge from 2000 and Chair of the Colleges’ Committee and the Colleges’ representative on the Council of Senate. Other recent roles have included: Chair of the Darwin Initiative for Survival of Species and Founder Chair of Science and Plants for Schools; Deputy Chair of the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee; Board Member of Scottish Natural Heritage; and Advisory Board Member, ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, Edinburgh.

Current scholarship (since 2006) includes: botany and horticulture in 19th century art (with the Bowes Museum, Lancaster Environment Centre and Ruskin Library, Lancaster University, The Ruskin Foundation/Brantwood Trust and Lakeland Arts Trust); horticultural science education (with the RHS and Myerscough College); and social policy and plant science (with the Dept. of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, Edinburgh University and Lancaster University Environment Centre). He is also an Editor of the international journal Food Security.

He has been appointed OBE and holds the Victoria Medal of Honour of the RHS; he is a Doctor of Science of Cambridge University and Hon. Doctor of the Open University; and is a Fellow of the Society of Biology, Institute of Horticulture and Royal Society of Edinburgh.