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Driven by nature : a personal journey from Shanghai to botany and global sustainability

Author: Peter H Raven; Eric Engles; Edward O Wilson; Missouri Botanical Garden,
Publisher: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. : Missouri Botanical Garden Press, [2021] ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
Summary:
"It's safe to say that few people have lived lives as thoroughly devoted to plants as Peter H. Raven has. The longtime director--now president emeritus--of the Missouri Botanical Garden, author of numerous leading textbooks and several hundred scholarly articles, Raven has been a tireless champion of sustainability and biodiversity, earning him the plaudit of 'Hero for the Planet' from Time. Driven by Nature is the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Peter H Raven; Peter H Raven
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter H Raven; Eric Engles; Edward O Wilson; Missouri Botanical Garden,
ISBN: 9781935641193 1935641190
OCLC Number: 1164500025
Description: xvi, 359 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / by Edward O. Wilson --
Preface --
Family roots --
A strange enchanted boy --
Botanical prodigy --
Formal training --
England --
Stanford --
Expansion and changes --
New Zealand --
The Missouri Botanical Garden --
Global reach --
Conservation around the world --
Champion of science, education, and international cooperation --
Professional recognition and personal tumult --
New adventures at career's end --
Epilogue. Toward a green awakening --
Appendix. Plants named for Peter H. Raven --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Illustration sources and credits --
Index.
Responsibility: Peter H. Raven ; edited by Eric Engles.

Abstract:

"It's safe to say that few people have lived lives as thoroughly devoted to plants as Peter H. Raven has. The longtime director--now president emeritus--of the Missouri Botanical Garden, author of numerous leading textbooks and several hundred scholarly articles, Raven has been a tireless champion of sustainability and biodiversity, earning him the plaudit of 'Hero for the Planet' from Time. Driven by Nature is the first chronicle of this prominent scientist and conservationist's life. Moving from his idyllic childhood in the San Francisco of the 1940s to his four decades leading the Missouri Botanical Garden, Raven's autobiography take readers across multiple continents and decades. Driven by Nature follows the globetrotting botanist from China to the American Midwest as he works to foster concern for a changing planet, further the cause of biological education, and build the Missouri Botanical Garden into the world-renowned haven for plant life it is today. Raven brings his story into the twenty-first century with a timely epilogue that reinforces the crucial importance of scientific learning, active conservation, and committed activism in the face of a rapidly changing natural world. Featuring an introduction by the Pulitzer Prize-winning naturalist E. O. Wilson, this beautifully illustrated book should thrill nature lovers, plant enthusiasts, and environmentally-conscious readers looking to take action to preserve our planet's biodiversity"--Publisher's description.

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