Biography of John Walton
John Walton (1895-1971) was Regius Professor of Botany at the University from 1930 to 1962 and Dean of Faculties, 1967 to 1970. He was an honorary curator of the University's collections of Fine Art.
Born in London, Walton was the son of the Scottish artist E A Walton. Walton was educated at Daniel Stewart's College, Edinburgh and St John's College, Cambridge. His Cambridge studies were interupted by the First World War, during which he served in the Friends' Relief and Ambulance Services. He became a demonstrator at Cambridge and a lecturer at the University of Manchester, and was briefly Professor of Botany at Birmingham before his appointment to the Glasgow chair in 1930. His studies of Palaeozoic floras brought him international recognition.
Walton was a president of the Scottish Youth Hostels' Association and of the Glasgow Tree Lovers' Association as well as a Forestry Commissioner. He was Governor of the West of Scotland College of Agriculture from 1930 to 1952. He was an honorary Doctor of Laws of McMaster University, Ontario and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Born 1895, London, England.
Died 13 February 1971.
University Link: Dean of Faculties, Professor
Occupation categories: botanists
Record last updated: 11th Aug 2008