SANBI’s Dr John Manning honoured by SASSB

28 July 2017

The Southern African Society for Systematic Biology (SASSB) has awarded SANBI’s Dr John Manning with Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Systematics in Southern Africa.

The award was established by the SASSB in 2009 to honour individuals, research groups or institutions for their extraordinary contribution to systematics and/or natural science collections in southern Africa. These contributions may be in terms of research, administration, increasing awareness and the profile of the discipline or of natural science collections, capacity development/training in systematics, curation or any combination of these.

Dr John Manning

Pic: Dr John Manning

The award is open to all professional, amateur and retired persons, research groups or institutions. Nominations are made by the SASSB community and considered by a committee constituted by the SASSB Council. A single award is made every 18 months. Following a hiatus since 2012, the award was re-established.

This year, the call was put to the community and three nominations were received. The committee, which included two Council members, a past President and a past recipient of the award, were unanimous in their decision to award Dr Manning with this prestigious award.

Dr Manning’s contributions to botany have been impressive and extensive, including many popular as well as professional contributions. The contribution made by Dr Manning to systematics in Southern Africa has been of huge significance over many years, in terms of their scientific papers and curation of African herbarium collections in South Africa and North America.

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