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Stephen Donald Hopper (born 1951) is a Western Australian botanist, specialising in conservation biology and vascular plants. He has written eight books, and has over 200 publications to his name. He was Director of Kings Park in Perth for seven years, and CEO of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority for five. He is currently Foundation Professor of Plant Conservation Biology at the University of Western Australia. In 2006 he was announced as the next Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.[1] This botanist is denoted by the author abbreviation Hopper when citing a botanical name.[2]

He is married and father of three children.


with illustrator Philippa Nikulinsky:

  • Life on the Rocks. 2008. Fremantle Press ISBN 978-1921-361289
  • Soul of the Desert. 2005. Fremantle Press ISBN 978-1921-064067


  1. ^ "Director - Professor Stephen D. Hopper FLS". Who We Are. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.. Retrieved 2009-02-09.  
  2. ^ Brummitt, R. K.; C. E. Powell (1992). Authors of Plant Names. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ISBN 1-84246-085-4.  


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