William Henry Harvey, Irish botanist

William Henry Harvey, Irish botanist

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Caption: William Henry Harvey (1811-1866), Irish botanist. Harvey specialised in the study of algae (phycology), describing over 750 species. His works included 'A Manual of the British Algae' (1841), 'Phycologia Britannica' (1846–51), and 'Phycologia Australica' (1858-63), and started 'Flora Capensis' (1859-1933). He travelled to South Africa, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji and Chile. He was also the curator of the Trinity College Herbarium, and Professor of Botany of the Royal Dublin Society. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1858. This artwork is the frontispiece to his posthumous autobiographical 'Memoir' (1869).

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