Joseph Hooker: the making of a botanist

Endersby, Jim (2001) Joseph Hooker: the making of a botanist. Endeavour, 25 (1). pp. 3-7. ISSN 0160-9327

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Abstract

Joseph Hooker became one of the most influential botanists of his day. He is best remembered as a friend of Charles Darwin and an early advocate of natural selection. However, aft-er returning to Britain from his first major voyage, Hooker spent years struggling to find a paid position that would allow him to pursue his studies of plant classification and distribution. As he worked to establish himself, he also helped transform the status of botany as a discipline. In all his efforts, Hooker relied on a network of unpaid, colonial collectors, whose often-forgotten contributions to Victorian natural history are vital to the understanding of the professionalisation of the sciences in the 19th century.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
Depositing User: Jim Endersby
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:03
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2012 09:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29293
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