Sir Joseph Banks

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Banks, Sir Joseph,

1743–1820, British naturalist and patron of the sciences. He accompanied Capt. James CookCook, James,
1728–79, English explorer and navigator. The son of a Yorkshire agricultural laborer, he had little formal education. After an apprenticeship to a firm of shipowners at Whitby, he joined (1755) the royal navy and surveyed the St.
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 on his voyage around the world and made large collections of biological specimens, most of which were previously unclassified. Botany Bay was named on this voyage. In 1772, Banks went on an expedition to Iceland. From c.1762 until his death, he was the chief influence in inaugurating and directing the policies that made Kew Gardens an important botanical center for encouraging exploration and experimentation. In 1766 he was elected to the Royal Society, and he served as its president from 1778 until his death. The plant genus Banksia was named for him.


See studies by H. C. Cameron (1952, repr. 1966), A. M. Lysaght (1971), and A. Wulf (2009).

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Two items highlighted by the editor for their significance are Flinders' letter to Sir Joseph Banks of 6 September 1800 when the young mariner undertakes to complete the discovery of New Holland, and his achingly personal letter to George Bass of 15-21 February 1800, which was purchased by the Mitchell Library only last year.
celebrated in Guyana in the same way Australians celebrate Captain James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks.
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