I’m thrilled to be an elected Fellow of The Linnean Society of London.


“The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788 by Sir James Edward Smith (1759–1828), who was its first President. The Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829.” –  https://www.linnean.org/the-society


The Society is a forum for Natural History: ’It was at a meeting of the Society in 1858 that papers from Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace outlining the theory of evolution by natural selection were first presented.’

I first visited The Linnean Society to research Maxwell Knight’s journey as an amateur naturalist. Knight was a proud Fellow of The Society. I’m proud to be following in Knight’s (and Margaret Cooper’s) footsteps.

Above photo: Margaret Cooper, FLS, and Prof. John E Cooper.

I’d like to thank Margaret Cooper, FLS for submitting the Certificate of Recommendation and Fellows who elected me in the ballot. I’m looking forward to being formally admitted by signing the Roll & Charter at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.