Sir Joseph Banks (1744-1820)

Banks, Sir Joseph

English naturalist, botanist, and patron of the natural sciences Sir Joseph Banks (1744-1820) initially made his name on a botanical expedition to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1766. before participating in James Cook's first voyage (1768–1771). He went on to become president of the Royal Society in 1778, held that office for forty-one years, founded the African Association and played a significant part in the decision to establish the colony of New South Wales. See here for a more detailed biographical sketch.

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