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(Charles) Cardale Babington (1808-1895), Botanist and archaeologist

Sitter in 4 portraits
Babington studied botany at St John's College, Cambridge. After receiving his MA in 1833, he remained at Cambridge; with no teaching post he was able to devote all of his efforts to his research. By the 1840s, he had become the acknowledged leader of taxonomic research on British higher plants. His Manual of British Botany (1843), which had taken nine years to prepare, was extremely influential and ran into many editions. He was made Professor of Botany at Cambridge in 1861, and remained in this post until his death. Babington was involved with several scientific societies including the Royal Society and the Linnean Society. He participated, in 1833 in the foundation of the Royal Entomological Society.

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(Charles) Cardale Babington

by Maull & Polyblank
albumen print, arched top, circa 1855
NPG P106(10)


(Charles) Cardale Babington

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax18350


(Charles) Cardale Babington

by Thomas Oliver Green
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG x44843


(Charles) Cardale Babington

by Ernest Edwards, published by Alfred William Bennett
albumen print, published 1865
NPG Ax14766