Professor Vernon Hilton Heywood (born December 24, 1927) is a world renowned British biologist. His main fields of excellence are medicinal and aromatic plants, and the conservation of wild relatives of plants.
In 1987 he was awarded the Linnean Medal of the Linnean Society of London.Planta Europa honored him with their Linnaeus award at their fifth conference, held in 2007 in Cluj Napoca. The book Taxonomy and Plant Conservation (Cambridge University Press, 2006, Etelka Leadlay and Stephen Jury, eds.) was dedicated as a tribute to Heywood in honor of his 75th birthday.