Benjamin Smith Barton

February 10th

  • American naturalist who wrote the first botanical textbook published in the U.S. His Elements of Botany (1803) which reached a sixth edition, including three after his death.
  • In 1789, aged 23, he became a professor of natural history at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
  • He brought together 1,674 specimens of native plants between 1797 and 1807 to form a herbarium that was the largest of the time.

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