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Darwin-L Message Log 4:89 (December 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

This is one message from the Archives of Darwin-L (1993–1997), a professional discussion group on the history and theory of the historical sciences.

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<4:89>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Thu Dec 23 04:01:54 1993

Date: Tue, 21 Dec 1993 16:02:33 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: December 21 -- Today in the Historical Sciences
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro

DECEMBER 21 -- TODAY IN THE HISTORICAL SCIENCES

1773: ROBERT BROWN is born at Montrose, Scotland.  Following medical study
at Edinburgh and military service as a surgeon's mate, Brown will be appointed
naturalist on board the _Investigator_ which will leave England to survey the
coasts of Australia in 1801.  Brown will return in 1805 with thousands of
botanical and zoological specimens and drawings, and will spend the next five
years describing nearly 2000 new species of plants from these collections.
He will become librarian to the Linnean Society in 1806 and curator of Joseph
Banks's private library and herbarium in 1810, and Alexander von Humboldt will
call him "botanicorum facile princeps".  Following Banks's death in 1820,
Brown will transfer Banks's collection to the British Museum and will become
the Museum's first Keeper of Botany.

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