Joseph Hooker, British botanist

Joseph Hooker, British botanist

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Caption: Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911), British botanist. Hooker, who was the youngest son of the botanist and professor William Jackson Hooker, became an established botanist, plant collector and traveller. He served as Assistant Surgeon and Naturalist on Ross' Antarctic expedition of 1839-43. He then travelled widely, visiting India, Palestine and the United States. He published many books on plants, and succeeded his father, Sir William Hooker, as director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. He was elected president of the Royal Society in 1873, and was also knighted.

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