A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.
First published in 1913, this volume reproduces a series of lectures on influential botanists delivered in 1911 in the Botanical Department of University College, London. The subjects of these biographies include Sir William Hooker (1785-1865), the first Director of Kew, and John Ray (1627-1705), considered the founder of scientific botany in Britain.
The biographies are written by distinguished botanists of the period, over half of them holding a university professorship and membership of the Royal Society. Edited by F. W. Oliver (1864-1951), Professor of Botany at University College, London, from 1890 to 1929, these essays provide information on the lives, and discuss the scientific contributions, of each botanist, each contributor specialising in the same area of botany as the subject. The wide range of subjects covered demonstrates the development of key botanical concepts and the growth of scientific botany in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Introduction; Robert Morison 1620-1683 and John Ray 1627-1705 Sydney Howard Vines; Nehemiah Grew 1641-1712 Agnes Arber; Stephen Hales 1677-1761 Francis Darwin; John Hill 1716-1775 T.G. Hill; Robert Brown 1773-1858 J.B. Farmer; Sir William Hooker 1785-1865 F.O. Bower; John Stevens Henslow 1796-1861 George Henslow; John Lindley 1799-1865 Frederick Keeble; William Griffith 1810-1845 W.H. Lang; Arthur Henfrey 1819-1859 F.W. Oliver; William Henry Harvey 1811-1866 R. Lloyd Praeger; Miles Joseph Berkeley 1803-1889 George Massee; Sir Joseph Henry Gilbert 1817-1901 W.B. Bottomley; William Crawford Williamson 1816-1895 Dukinfield H. Scott; Harry Marshall Ward 1854-1906 Sir William Thiselton-Dyer; A sketch of the Professors of Botany in Edinburgh from 1670 until 1887 Isaac Bayley Balfour; Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker 1817-1911 F.O. Bower; Index.