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William Jackson Hooker, English botanist

William Jackson Hooker, English botanist

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Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865), English botanist. Hooker was born and educated in Norwich, and after schooling was sent to study estate management. His interest in botany led to his discovery of an unknown species of moss, he was introduced to Dawson Turner, a local banker also interested in mosses. Turner soon became Hooker's patron and also father-in-law. Hooker's fame rose as did his connections, meeeting Joseph Banks among others. In 1820 Hooker became Regius Professor of Botany at Glasgow and established a small botanic garden there. After Banks died, Hooker became the first director of Kew Gardens. During his tenure the garden was expanded from 11 to 300 acres and the famous Palm House was constructed.

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