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William Bertram Turrill OBE (14 June 1890, Woodstock, Oxfordshire-15 December 1961, Surrey) was an English botanist.

W B Turrill's mathematical classification of leaf shapes

He worked in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and was responsible for many innovations including a mathematical classification of leaf shapes.[1]

He received the Order of the British Empire in 1955 and the gold medal of the Linnean Society in 1958. This botanist is denoted by the author abbreviation Turrill when citing a botanical name.[2]


  1. ^ C. E. Hubbard (1971) William Bertram Turrill. 1890-1961. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol. 17, (Nov., 1971), pp. 689-712
  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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