Joseph Dalton Hooker

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Birthday
30, 1817
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Dec 10, 1911 (94)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
30, 1817
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Dec 10, 1911 (94)

About

Close friend of Charles Darwin who was one of England's most renowned botanists. Most notably he was the Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, for twenty years.

Before Fame

Growing up with stories of famous explorers like James Cook, he took his first voyage - to the Antarctic - as the ship's surgeon, in 1839.

Trivia

He undertook six significant expeditions, taking him to all corners of the globe, and was the first man of science to publicly support Darwin's evolution theory.

Family Life

He had four sons and three daughters with wife Frances Harriet Henslow.

Associated With

Niels Hansen, born about 50 years after him, became another prominent botanist.