Top British ecologists will gather at Kingley Vale Nature Reserve in West Sussex on Tuesday 30 August to celebrate the life and work of Sir Arthur G. Tansley, widely regarded as the father of modern ecology and one of the 20th centurys most important conservationists. The event coincides with the 50th anniversary of Tansleys death in 1955.
Present at the event, which will include the unveiling and rededication of a memorial stone to Tansley at Kingley Vale, will be vice president of the British Ecological Society Professor Sue Hartley, English Natures chief scientist Dr Keith Duff and representatives of the New Phytologist Trust and Tansleys family.
According to Professor Hartley: “Arthur Tansley was one of the most influential founders of the discipline of ecology. He was the dominant figure in British ecology for the first half of the twentieth century, developed some of ecologys most fundamental concepts such as the ecosystem, and was influential in ensuring that nature conservation in Britain had a sound scientific basis. In 1913, he created the British Ecological Society, the first such society in the world, and was its first President. His monumental book The British Isles and its Vegetation remains one of the most comprehensive accounts of any countrys natural historical wealth.”
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