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Category: Biographies of Kewites


Hugh Fraser Macmillan (1869-1948)

  Student gardener at Kew 1893–95. Curator, Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, Ceylon, 1895–1925. Horticultural and Agricultural Advisor, Abadan, Persia, 1926–27. b. Baenlick, Glen Urquhart, Inverness, Scotland, 4 June 1869; d. Ealing, Middlesex, England, 19 November 1948 Hugh Macmillan was born…

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KEWITES’ CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD HORTICULTURE

KEWITES’ CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD HORTICULTURE PREFACE This compilation was suggested by Jim Mitchell, President of the Guild in 2012–13, and adopted by the Trustees as an ongoing project in 2015. Aim To demonstrate Kew’s contributions to world horticulture in economic…

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Henry Harold Welch Pearson (1870-1916)

Assistant at Kew, 1899–1903. Foundation Professor of Botany, South African College, Cape Town, 1903–16. Instrumental in foundation of Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, 1913. Collected widely in southern Africa. Studied Gnetales, especially Welwitschia and Gnetum. b. Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, England, 28 Jan….

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Amos C. Hartless (18??-1941)

Kew gardener, 1888. At Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta, 1889. To Mungpu, c.1900. Superintendent, Government Gardens, Poona, 1903; Government Gardens, Saharanpur, c. 1906–20. Left India in 1923. Author with particular reference to Indian horticulture. Dates of birth and death unknown Entered…

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Philip MacMahon (1857–1911)

Kew gardener 1881. Curator, Botanic Gardens, Hull, 1882. On botanical exploration to Central America. In India 1887. To Victoria, Australia, 1888. Curator, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, 1889. Director of Forests, Queensland, 1905. b. Dublin, Ireland, 13 December 1857; d. Fraser Island,…

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Robert MacKenzie Cross (1836–1911)

Kew gardener, 1857.  Collector of cinchona and rubber.  To Ecuador for Cinchona, 1859;  Panama for Castilla, 1875;  Brazil for Hevea, 1876. b. Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, 1836; d. Torrance, Stirlingshire, 1 March 1911 Robert Cross entered Kew as a gardener in…

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Henry James Murton (1853–1882)

Kew gardener 1873. Superintendent, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1875–1880. Exchanged plants with Kew. b. Cornwall, England, 1853; d. Bangkok, Siam, 20 Sept. 1882 Murton entered Kew at the age of 20 in April 1873, leaving a year later to take charge…

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Peter Good (17?? – 1803)

Seed and plant collector for Kew on HMS Investigator b. Scotland, 17??; d. Sydney, New South Wales, 12 June 1803 After early experience in Scotland, Good worked as a foreman at the Royal Gardens at Kew, probably from about 1794….

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Berthold Carl Seemann (1825–1871)

Botanist, plant collector, including voyage of HMS Herald 1847–1851, central America, Fiji; writer b. Hannover, Germany, 28 Feb. 1825; d. Nicaragua, 10 Oct. 1871. A native of Hannover, Seemann entered Kew as a gardener in 1844, working under the curator,…

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Albert Edward Peter Griessen (1875–1935)

Kew Gardener, 1896. At Botanic Gardens, Calcutta, 1898. Superintendent, Taj Gardens, 1900; at Delhi 1913, Deputy Director (Garden Circle), Agricultural Department, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh. b. London, England, 1875; d. London, England, 6 Oct 1935 Born in London…

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