Anre Strid was born in 1943 in Kristianstad of Sweden. He studied botany, chemistry and genetics in Lund University and graduated in 1970. His doctorate was on an experimental study for the differentiation and evolution of a group of plants in the Aegean and received the highest grade, while he also won the American prize Jesse M. Greenman for the best dissertation of scientific classification of plants that year.
He has been a professor of Botany in the University of Copenhagen and visiting professor of the University of Patras. Also, a professor of phytogeography in the University of Gothenburg and Director of the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of Natural History of the same city. Since 2011 he is an honorary professor in the Botanic Gardens and Museum of Berlin.
He has traveled extensively for scientific studies, mainly in Greece, where he first came in 1964, and in other Balkan countries.
He has written 12 books and published more than 140 scientific studies (approximately 6000 pages) in the fields of scientific classification, biosystems, phytogeography and evolution, emphasizing mainly on the flora of Greece. He has also created a personal botanic collection in the basement of his house.