Robert Brown (1773-1858)

English botanist. A friend and correspondent of Asa Gray. Like de Candolle and Torrey, Brown was part of a generation that broke with Linnaeus' artificial classification of plants in favor of the "natural system" of Jussieu. A protege of Joseph Banks, Brown transferred Banks' personal botanical collection to the British Museum in 1827. Described the plants brought back by Darwin from the voyage of the Beagle and knew Darwin personally.

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