WILLIAM PHILIP HIERN, whose death took place at the Castle, Barnstaple, on November 29, was best known for his work on systematic botany. The son of J. G. Hiern, he was born at Stafford on January 19,1839, and entered St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1857, where he graduated B.A. as ninth wrangler in 1861, proceeded to M.A. in 1864, and was a fellow of Ms college from 1865 until 1868. In 1868 he incorporated as M.A. at Christ Church, Oxford, about which time he became interested in botany, and in 1873 published in the Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society a monograph of the Ebenaceæ. He then went to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he worked out the Meliaceae and Sapindaceae for Hooker's “Flora of British India,” and was responsible for the greater part of volume 3 of the “Flora of Tropical Africa” in 1877, the Umbelliferæ, Araliaceæ, Rubiaceæ, Valerianaceæ and Ebenaceæ of which he worked out alone, and the Compositæ with Prof. D. Oliver.