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event: Natural History Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Conference "Wallich and Indian Natural History: Collection Dispersal and the Cultivation of Knowledge"

06/12/2011 10:00
07/12/2011 18:00

For more information and to register, please visit: http://wallich.eventbrite.com

Conference Abstract:
This international, interdisciplinary conference will be held on the 6th and 7th December, 2011 at The Natural History Museum, London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on the general theme of South Asian natural history collections, with a special emphasis on those of the Danish botanist Nathaniel Wallich (1786–1854). Wallich is a major figure in the history and development of botany in the nineteenth century. As Superintendent of the Calcutta Botanic Garden between 1817 and 1846, he undertook botanical expeditions, described new plant species, collected thousands of plant specimens amassing a large herbarium, and commissioned local artists to draw beautiful botanical watercolours. His work has therefore been extremely influential in South Asian natural history research. [read more...]

Location

Natural History Museum, London (6th December) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (7th December)
United Kingdom
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