University Of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2, Regno Unito
Dr Charles Edward Foister FRSE (1903–1989) was a British botanist and plant pathologist. He was Director of Scottish Agricultural Scientific Services in Edinburgh from 1957. He specialised in lichens and fungi.
He was born in Cambridge in England on 17 August 1903, the son of Frederick W Foister and his wife Esther Elizabeth Smith. He was educated locally and won a place at Cambridge University graduating BA in 1925. He continued as a postgraduate taking a Diploma in Agricultural Science (1927). He later received a doctorate (PhD) from Edinburgh University.
He was employed as a plant pathologist in eastern Edinburgh for all of his working life. He became the official plant pathologist for Britain in 1938. He was an active member of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh.
In 1954 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Sir William Wright Smith, Stephen J Watson, Malcolm Wilson and Alexander Nelson.
He died at Colchester in Essex on 23 July 1989.