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

Author/Creator:
Musgrave, Toby author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (496 p.)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Botanists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Naturalists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
A fascinating life of Sir Joseph Banks which restores him to his proper place in history as a leading scientific figure of the English Enlightenment 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. In this engaging account, Toby Musgrave 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 Endeavour. He went on to become a pivotal figure in the advancement of British scientific, economic, and colonial interests. With his enquiring, enterprising mind and extensive network of correspondents, Banks's reputation and influence were global. Drawing widely on Banks's writings, Musgrave sheds light on Banks's profound impact on British science and empire in an age of rapid advancement.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
CHAPTER 1 The Banks Family and the Young Joseph
CHAPTER 2 Newfoundland and Labrador
CHAPTER 3 HMS Endeavour
CHAPTER 4 The Hero and the Egotist
CHAPTER 5 To Iceland: The Independent Explorer
CHAPTER 6 The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
CHAPTER 7 The Father of Australia
CHAPTER 8 The Scientist-Enabler
CHAPTER 9 The Last Two Decades
A Note on Banks's Journals & Correspondence
A Note on Banks's Date of Birth
Endnotes
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 26. Mai 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300252132
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300252132 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.