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Thomas Nuttall

(1786—1859) botanist


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(1786–1859). Born in Yorkshire, Nuttall was a self-taught botanist fascinated with the United States to which he travelled in 1808, and where, apart from a brief interlude caused by the British–American War in 1812, his whole working life was to be spent. On Nuttall's arrival in Philadelphia he was engaged as a plant collector for the university and for eleven years he explored the eastern United States, Arkansas Territory, and the upper reaches of the Missouri river. His knowledge of the flora was contained in Genera of North American Plants (1818). Between 1822 and 1833 Nuttall was curator of Harvard Botanic Garden, Boston, retiring to Britain in 1842 having between 1836 and 1841 updated François-André Michaux's North American Sylva (1810–13). Nuttall was responsible for several plant introductions including Ribes odoratum and the Californian farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena.

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