17 November 2008

Darwin's botanists

an interesting post over at Mark Pallen's Rough Guide to Evolution blog about the two botanists who featured strongly in Charles Darwin's life: John Stevens Henslow and Joseph Hooker.

Henslow was responsible for Darwin being offered the unpaid naturalist berth on HMS Beagle, and the rest became history. Hooker's life story is absolutely extraordinary - how many people, far less botanists, can say they were imprisoned by a Rajah and realeased only because the British government threatened an invasion to secure one's freedom? Click over and acquaint yourself with both these remarkable scientists.

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