The UPLB Museum of Natural History is saddened by the sudden passing last week of Dr. Graham Charles George Argent, Research Associate of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and a member of the International Board of Advisors of the Museum's journal, Laksambuhay.

Fondly considered as Edinburgh's "Indiana Jones" of Botany, Dr. Argent has been to the remotest and most inhospitable areas in the world in search for the rarest plants. Even in his retirement from the RGBE, Dr. Argent has worked on Ericaceae and Musaceae of Southeast Asia. He gave the keynote speech at the Flora Malesiana Symposium (Edinburgh) in 2016. In September 2017, he was one of the plenary speakers of the museum's CLADES: First Philippine Natural History Museums and Collections Summit.

Dr. Argent has been conferred very prestigious awards in the UK and the US such as the Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh, Royal Horticultural Society Loder Cup, American Rhododendron Society 2002 Gold Medal Award and the 2013 David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration.

The management, curators and staff of the museum are in unison in mourning this big loss to taxonomy, systematics, museums and science in general. We condole with Dr. Argent's bereaved family, colleagues and friends.


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