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Sir Joseph Banks

Botanist (13-Feb-1743 — 19-Jun-1820)


Brian Adams. The Flowering of the Pacific: Being an Account of Joseph Banks' Travels in the South Seas and the Story of His Florilegium. British Museum. 1986. 194pp.

Anna Agnarsdóttir. "This Wonderful Volcano of Water": Sir Joseph Banks, Explorer and Protector of Iceland, 1772-1820. Hakluyt Society. 2004. 31pp.

R. E. R. Banks (editor). Sir Joseph Banks: A Global Perspective. Royal Botanic Gardens. 1994. 235pp. Conference papers.

Hector Charles Cameron. Sir Joseph Banks, K.B., P.R.S.: The Autocrat of the Philosophers. Batchworth Press. 1952. 341pp.

Harold B. Carter. His Majesty's Spanish Flock: Sir Joseph Banks and the Merinos of George III of England. Angus & Robertson. 1964. 520pp.

Neil Chambers (editor). The Letters of Sir Joseph Banks: A Selection, 1768-1820. World Scientific. 2000. 420pp.

Neil Chambers. Joseph Banks and the British Museum: The World of Collecting, 1770-1830. Pickering & Chatto. 2007. 195pp.

Patricia Fara. Sex, Botany and Empire: The Story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks. Icon. 2003. 168pp.

John Gascoigne. Science in the Service of Empire: Joseph Banks, the British State and the Uses of Science in the Age of Revolution. Cambridge University Press. 1998. 247pp.

John Gascoigne. Joseph Banks and the English Enlightenment: Useful Knowledge and Polite Culture. Cambridge University Press. 2003. 340pp.

Halldór Hermannsson. Sir Joseph Banks and Iceland. Cornell University Library. 1928. 99pp.

Joseph D. Hooker (editor). Journal of the Right Hon. Sir Joseph Banks: During Captain Cook's first voyage in H.M.S. Endeavour in 1768-71 to Terra del Fuego, Otehite, New Zealand, Australia, The Dutch East Indies, Etc.. London and New York: Macmillan. 1896. 466pp.

Charles Lyte. Sir Joseph Banks: 18th Century Explorer, Botanist, and Entrepreneur. David & Charles. 1980. 248pp.

George Mackaness. Sir Joseph Banks: His Relations with Australia. Angus & Robertson. 1936. 146pp.

J. H. Maiden. Sir Joseph Banks: The "Father of Australia". Sydney: William Gullick. 1909. 244pp.

Patrick O'Brian. Joseph Banks: A Life. London: Collins Harvill. 1987. 328pp.

Edward Smith. The Life of Sir Joseph Banks: With Some Notices of His Friends and Contemporaries. London: John Lane. 1911.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Wikipedia [link]

  4. Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition

  5. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.101)

  6. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.38)

  7. Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (p.141)

  8. Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography (p.41)

  9. Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientists (p.31)

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