(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.