Botany is the branch of biology that studies plants, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution. In short it is a scientific study of plant life. The following are the top ten Great Botanist of all time.
The Top Ten Great Botanist of all time
1. George Caley (1770-1829)
George Caley was a famous man from humble origins who with skill and determination became an expert in Australian plants and animals. Caley was born in Craven, Yorkshire, England, and the son of a horse-dealer. One of Caley’s first jobs was to try and obtain a platypus to prove such a bizarre creature actually existed.
2. Nancy Adams
Nancy Adams was a famous New Zealand botanist. Her books have helped many New Zealanders to learn more about the native flora of their country. She gets many awards included the Loder Cup in 1964, the Queen's Service Order and the Commemoration Medal.
3. Erik Acharius
Erik Acharius was a Swedish botanist who established the taxonomy of lichens and is known as the "father of lichenology". He was born in the Swedish town of Gävle in 1757. After medical studies in Stockholm and Lund he served as a physician in southern Sweden.
4. Carl Adolph Agardh
Carl Adolph Agardh was a famous Swedish botanist focusing in algae and he was born on January 23, 1785, Carl Adolph Agardh was selected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1817, and of the Swedish Academy in 1831.
5. Jacob Georg Agardh
Jacob Georg Agardh was born on 1813. In 1849, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He worked as a botanist and died on January 17th 1901 at the age of 87 years and 11 months old.
6. Churchill Babington (1821-1889)
Churchill Babington was born on 1821 at Roecliffe, in Leicestershire. In 1845 he obtained the Hulsean Prize for his essay The Influence of Christianity in promoting the Abolition of Slavery in Europe.
7. Rudolf Jakob Camerarius( 1665 –1721)
Rudolf Jakob Camerarius was a German botanist and physician, and was born in Tubingen on Feb. 12, 1665. He was the first to expound the theory of sex in plants (1694).
8. Anders Dahl
Anders Dahl was born on March 17th, 1751 in the parish of Varnhem in Västergötland, Sweden. In 1787 he started to teach medicine and botany at the university in Academy of Åbo. The dahlia flower is named after him.
9. John M. Darby
John M. Darby was an American botanist, chemist, and academic. He was born in North Adams, Massachusetts in 1804. He formed the first logical catalogue of flora in the southeastern United States. He died on September 18th 1877 at the age of 72 years, 11 months and 22 days old.
10. Walter Davis
Walter Davis was born on 14 September 1847, at Amport, Scotland. He worked under John Dominy and finally became foreman in charge of the nepenthes and fine foliage plants.

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