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Banks, Sir Joseph

(1743–1820) naturalist who sailed with Captain James Cook to the Pacific and collected extensively, particularly plants. He financed his own expeditions and became unofficial director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Under his direction Kew became the most famous botanical garden in the world. His plant and entomological collections are in the British Museum and over 1400 of his books are in the British Library.
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Sir Joseph Banks and the transfer of plants to and from the South Pacific 1786-1798.
(1988) Sir Joseph Banks 1743-1820 London, British Museum (Natural History), 1988 see p.
Sir Joseph Banks and the Swedish botanist Dr Daniel Carl Solander were two of 18th century Britain's leading scientists.
Soon one man, Sir Joseph Banks, a Trustee ex officio as President of the Royal Society from 1778, dominated the board.
Science in the Service of Empire: Sir Joseph Banks, The British State, and the Uses of Science in the Age of Revolution, by John Gascoigne.
James Cook and botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who hired artist Sydney Parkinson to draw their discoveries, including the first sighting of a kangaroo; Matthew Flinders, who charted the coastline of Australia along with botanist Robert Brown and artist Ferdinand Bauer, who used a paint-by-numbers technique to draw his exquisite sketches and color them in later; Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, who independently came up with proof for the theory of natural selection; and the Challenger expedition, which was the first government-funded study of oceanography.
A botanist with the expedition, Sir Joseph Banks, collected the leaves and brought them back to Britain for further study.
Sir Joseph Banks, the naturalist accompanying Cook, suggested that the local people must be nomadic and therefore could have no right to the land.
On the other side BANKS is the name below the head of the gent you wouldn't look at twice, but I now he's Sir Joseph Banks. Influential.
And so, the hirsute CSIRO scientist with family ties to 18th century botanist Sir Joseph Banks, became somewhat of a cause celebre, particularly among the environmental movement in the US.