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Britton, Nathaniel Lord

Born: 1859 AD
Died: 1934 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Botanist

1859 – Britton was born in New Dorp in Staten Island, New York.

         – He was a graduate of the Columbia University School of Mines and afterwards taught geology and botany at Columbia.

         – Britton was the first director of the New York Botanical Garden.

         – He engendered substantial financial support for the botanical garden by naming plants after wealthy contributors.

         – He married Elizabeth Gertrude Knight, a bryologist and fellow member of the Torrey Botanical Club.

         – He visited frequently when the winter weather in New York City became too severe. His contributions to Caribbean flora are undisputed.

1929 – Britton retired as director of the NY Botanical Garden, but continued his research of Caribbean flora.

1934 – Nathaniel Lord Britton died.