Nathaniel Lord Britton

Nathaniel Lord Britton
Nathaniel Lord Britton

Nathaniel Lord Britton (1859–1934) was an American botanist and taxonomist who founded the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York. Britton was born in New Dorp in Staten Island, New York.[1] His parents wanted him to study religion, but he was attracted to nature study at an early age.

He was a graduate of the Columbia University School of Mines and afterwards taught geology and botany at Columbia. Britton was the first director of the New York Botanical Garden. He engendered substantial financial support for the botanical garden by naming plants after wealthy contributors.

He married Elizabeth Gertrude Knight, a bryologist and fellow member of the Torrey Botanical Club. They were lifelong collaborators in botanical research.

Much of his field work was done in the Caribbean, where he visited frequently when the winter weather in New York City became too severe. His contributions to the study of Caribbean flora are undisputed.

He wrote Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada, and the British Possessions (1896) with Addison Brown, and The Cactaceae with Joseph Nelson Rose.

The house he lived and worked in, The Britton Cottage, is preserved at Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island, New York.

Britton retired as director of the New York Botanical Garden in 1929, but continued his research of Caribbean flora.


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Media related to Britton & Brown, Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Nathaniel Lord Britton at Wikispecies

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