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Joseph Hooker

Botanical Trailblazer

With an Introduction by Jim Endersby

Joseph Hooker (1817–1911) was a groundbreaking botanist who circled the globe discovering, describing, naming, or introducing over 12,000 plants that have since changed the makeup of our gardens and landscape. His plant collecting expeditions, first to Antarctica and later to India and the Himalayas, and his publications, many of which were illustrated by the prolific Victorian botanical artist Walter Hood Fitch, secured his reputation in the scientific community and attracted the attention of Charles Darwin, who became a friend and confidante. 
            In 1865 Hooker succeeded his father Sir William Hooker as the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. And in 1877 he took a highly successful expedition to the Western United States with the leading American botanist Asa Gray. With Joseph Hooker: Botanical Trailblazer, Pat Griggs and Jim Endersby present a compelling biography of one of the world’s great botanists through the many relationships that influenced his life and shaped his ideas.


64 pages | 80 color plates | 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 | © 2011

Art: Art--General Studies

Biography and Letters

Biological Sciences: Natural History


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Table of Contents

Introduction
      Jim Endersby

Joseph Dalton Hooker: naturalist, traveller and more
Naturalist and Traveller
Joseph Hooker’s Legacy: The UK Overseas Territories
Family Man, Friend and Colleague
Director of Kew and Scientific Figurehead

Further Information about Joseph Hooker
Credits and Acknowledgements

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