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The Multifarious Mr. Banks: From Botany Bay to Kew, The Natural Historian Who Shaped the World

Toby Musgrave


As official botanist on James Cook's first circumnavigation, the longest-serving president of the Royal Society, advisor to King George III, the “father of Australia,” and the man who established Kew as the world's leading botanical garden, Sir Joseph Banks was integral to the English Enlightenment. Yet he has not received the recognition that his multifarious achievements deserve. This book reveals the true extent of Banks's contributions to science and Britain. From an early age Banks pursued his passion for natural history through study and extensive travel, most famously on the HMS Endeavo ... More

Keywords: Sir Joseph Banks, English Enlightenment, botanist, natural history, HMS Endeavour, British science, British Empire, Kew, botanical garden

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300223835
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300223835.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Toby Musgrave, author
Danish Institute for Study Abroad