Professor Jane Ann Plant CBE (1945-2016)

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Professor Jane Anne Plant CBE FREng FRGS FRSA FRSE FRSM CEng CGeol FIMMM FAEG FGS (1945-2016).


1945 Born Jane Ann Lunn in Woodville, Derbyshire
Educated at Ashby Grammar School
1963 Liverpool University to study geology
1967 Graduated with first class honours in geology and the prize for the best degree in her year
Joined the Institute of Geological Sciences Atomic Energy Division (now the British Geological Survey - BGS) Took a leading role developing the BGS Geochemical Baseline of the Environment (G-BASE) programme which which mapped the distribution of different chemical elements on the land surface
1977 PhD from Leicester University on "Regional Geochemical mapping in Great Britain with particular reference to sources of error"
1983 Individual Merit Promation to Senior Principal Scientific Officer at BGS
1985 Received the Murchison Fund of the Geological Society
1988–89 During a sabbatical from BGS she was Vice President at Middleton Exploration
1990–2000 Assistant Director, BGS, Minerals, Environment & Geochemical Surveys Division (MEGSD).
1995–1997 Deputy to Director, BGS
1995 Co-leadership of the International Geological Correlation Programme (IGCP) Project 360 – Global Geochemical Baselines
1997 Awarded CBE
1999–2005 Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
2000 Authored book 'Your Life in your Hands' about her experiences with cancer since 1997 and her firm beliefs of a link between cancer and diet. Further books followed.
2000 Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts
2000–2002 Chief Scientist, Head of Geoscience Resources and Facilities Directorate (GRDF).
2001–2005 Chair of Geochemistry,Imperial College
2001–2002 First woman President of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy
2005 Fellowship of the Royal Society of Medicine
2005 Left BGS to become Anglo-American Professor of Geochemistry at Imperial College
2016 Died at home, in Richmond upon Thames



Jane Plant website Contains a wealth of information on the life and work of Jane Plant. It includes a very detailed CV listing:

  • Education
  • Senior positions held
  • Prizes, honours and awards
  • Honours, professional associations and membership of learned societies
  • Other oppointments and temporary posts
  • Committees, Learned societies, academic activities and some major international meetings
  • Government and National Committees
  • Other academic and international activities
  • Invited lectures/lecture series/presentations
  • Presentations at meetings
  • Other links with user community
  • PhD projects supervised
  • Public understanding of science

Jane Ann Simpson (Professor Jane Plant, 1945-2016) Geological Society obituary by John Mather

Magnificent women 81:Jane Plant

Jane Ann Plant CBE (1945-2016) [Obituary]. Association of Applied Geochemists

Jane Plant (1945–2016). Obituary. Valsami-Jones, E. (2016). Jane Plant (1945–2016). Mineralogical Magazine, 80(6), 1145-1147. doi:10.1180/minmag.2016.080.142

Youtube videos[edit]

Professor Jane Plant - The Moore Show

Professor Jane Plant CBE (1945-2016) by NV atCEPImperial


A full list of scientific publications

Books written by Jane Plant on the relationship between diet and health