Robert Brown(1773-1858), Botanist
Sitter in 9 portraits
Born in Montrose, Scotland, he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. In 1800 he took the position of naturalist on board The Investigator, which was departing on a voyage to chart the coast of Australia. He was to oversee the collecting of animals, rocks, and plants. Returning in 1805, he spent the next five years working on the material he had gathered. He published numerous species descriptions; in Western Australia alone he is credited with the naming of over a thousand species. He became the first Keeper of the Botanical Department of the British Museum in 1837, remaining until his death.
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