Joseph Hooker, British botanist

Joseph Hooker, British botanist

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Caption: Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911), British botanist, with a microscope in middle age. Educated in medicine at Glasgow, Hooker 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 from his observations of indigenous plants, the greatest being 'Flora of British India' (1872-97). Later he succeeded his father, Sir William Hooker, as director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. He also joined Bentham in producing the immense 'Genera Plantarum', a seven-volume work on the classification of plants. He was elected president of the Royal Society in 1873. This 1880s artwork for 'Graphic Magazine' shows him in his home study using the simple Beck microscope preferred for field work by him and Darwin.

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