Peter Goldblatt

Category:CS1 maint: ref=harv International Plant Names Index Author citation (botany)
Peter Goldblatt
Born (1943-10-08) October 8, 1943 (age 76)
Johannesburg, S. Africa
NationalitySouth Africa
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
AwardsHerbert Medal 1999
Scientific career
InstitutionsMissouri Botanical Gardens
Author abbrev. (botany)Goldblatt

Peter Goldblatt (born 1943) is a South African botanist, working principally in the United States.


Goldblatt was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 8, 1943. His undergraduate studies (B.Sc.) were undertaken at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesberg (1965–1966), from where he went on to graduate studies at the University of Cape Town, where he received his doctorate in 1970. He held a position as lecturer in botany at Witwatersrand (1967) and then Cape Town (1968–1971) before emigrating to the United States in 1972. In the US he took up a position as a researcher at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, in St. Louis, where he has remained since, holding the position of Senior Curator since 1990. He returned briefly to South Africa in 2006 as a researcher at the Compton Herbarium, South African National Biodiversity Institute, in Cape Town. He has also held appointments at the University of Missouri, as well as the University of Portland, Oregon (2000–2004). He obtained US citizenship in 1978.[1][2][3]


Peter Goldblatt started his career as a plant collector in 1962, and worked extensively in Cape Province, but also in other regions of Africa, Madagascar, the United States, Greece, Italy, Israel, Turkey and Iran, having collected thousands of specimens. His interests lie in systematic taxonomy.[4] One of his main research interests has been the cytology and taxonomy of the Iridaceae of Africa.[1][2][3] A member of several botanical societies, he was also General Secretary (1982–1985) of the Association for the Taxonomic Study of Tropical African Flora.[5][6]

In 1999 he was awarded the International Bulb Society's Herbert Medal for his contributions to the knowledge of bulbous plants.[7]

Selected publications

Goldblatt has published a large number of scientific publications, and several books (see C.V.).[1]


Coauthored with John Charles Manning:

Book chapters


A number of taxa have been named in his honour, including;

The International Plant Names Index lists over 1,300 taxa named by him, particularly from the Iridaceae, Scilloideae including Hyacintheae,[8][9] Asteraceae and Polygalaceae.[10] e.g.