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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.[1]

He was born in Cambridge in England on 17 August 1903, the son of Frederick W Foister and his wife Esther Elizabeth Smith.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

He died at Colchester in Essex on 23 July 1989.


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