|Professor Gimingham on his 90th birthday with former Chairman of the Trust, Malcolm Hay|
Professor Charles Gimingham, first President of The Heather Trust (2004-2007) has died at the grand age of 95 years. Charles spent his entire career in the Botany Department at Aberdeen University, becoming Regius Professor of Botany in 1981 until his 'official ' retirement in 1988.
A former President of the British Ecological Society, Charles' influence on his subject was profound. Much of what we know about the ecological processes occurring in areas like the Cairngorms and the kind of landscape that we see when we visit them can be traced back to Charles' work and influence. As one of the leading experts on heathland ecology Charles can rightly claim responsibility for inspiring several generations of ecologists.
Our condolences to his family at this sad time.