Prof. J. H. Priestley


PROF. JOSEPH HUBERT PRIESTLEY died at Leeds on October 31 at the age of sixty-one. He was born at Tewkesbury in 1883 and educated at Tewkesbury Grammar School (of which his father was headmaster) and at University College, Bristol. He was a graduate of the University of London and, in 1905, took charge of the Department of Botany at Bristol. In 1911 he succeeded V. H. Blackman as professor of botany in the University of Leeds. On the outbreak of war in 1914, he was in command of the University Officers' Training Corps and, as a captain, went to France with the B.E.F. During 1915–19 he served on the Staff (Intelligence), being twice mentioned in dispatches and awarded the Distinguished Service Order. In 1919 he became a Chevalier of the Crown of Belgium. After his return to Leeds, he built up a large and active botanical department there. He was a fellow of the Linnean Society and president of Section K (Botany) at the British Association meeting at York in 1932. He had for long served on the Forestry Commission, and also took a very great interest in the work of local naturalists, particularly of the Yorkshire Naturalists' Union, of which he was president in 1925.

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