Dr. Peter Raven is President of the Missouri Botanical Gardens and George Engelmann Professor of Botany at Washington University in St. Louis, positions he has held since 1971. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society, co-chairman of the Editorial Committee of the Flora of China project. He served as the founding Chairman of the Board for CRDF.
Dr. Raven has been a world leader in the fields of plant evolution and systematics. In working out systematic and evolutionary problems, he has utilized a broad approach including data from cytogenetics, breeding systems, ecological preferences, pollination biology and biogeographic considerations as well as the more traditional types of information. He has published several important, masterfully written general papers covering broad aspects of evolution, phylogeny, and plant distribution. In addition to his outstanding contribution to basic science, Dr. Raven has been a major force in the conservation of biodiversity around the world for nearly 30 years.
He holds a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.