Banks, Joseph, Sir

Born: Feb 13, 1743 AD
Died: 1820 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Botanist, Naturalists

English naturalist, botanist and science patron.


1743 - Born on the 13th of february in London, England.


1751 - Joseph was educated at Harrow School.


1756 - Educated and graduated at Eton College.  


1760 - Enrolled as a gentleman-commoner at Oxford University.


1764 - He paid Cambridge botanist Israel Lyons to deliver a series of lectures at Oxford.


1766 - He was elected to the Royal Society.


1768-1771 - He took part in Cook's first great voyage, and some 75 species bear Banks' name.


         - Credited with the introduction to the West of eucalyptus, acacia, mimosa, and the genus named after him, Banksia.


1771 - He arrived back in England on 12th of July and immediately became famous.


1778-1797 - He served as secretary of Dilettante Society.


1778 - He was elected president of the Royal Society.


1779 - Married in March with Dorothea. daughter of W. W. Hugesson.


1781 - He was made a baronet, three years after being elected president of the Royal Society.


1797 - Banks was an adviser to King George III on the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


         - Banks's health began to fail early in the nineteenth century and he suffered much from gout every winter.


1820 - Forwarded his resignation as president of the Royal Society but withdrew it at the request of the council.


1820 - Sir Joseph Banks died on 19th June.





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