Joseph Banks

English naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences and collector of fine art

Took part in Captain James Cook's first great voyage (1768–1771). Banks is credited with the introduction to the Western world of eucalyptus, acacia, mimosa and the genus named after him, Banksia. Approximately 80 species of plants bear Banks's name. Banks was also the leading founder of the African Association, a British organization dedicated to the exploration of Africa, and a member of the Society of Dilettanti, which helped to establish the Royal Academy. Banks was President of the Royal Society from 1778 until his death in 1820
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    1743-02-24
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Died
    1820-06-19
  • Place of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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