Leonhart Fuchs

Leonhart Fuchs, a German botanist, was born Jan. 17, 1501.  Fuchs taught in Tübingen, and in 1542 he published a botanical work that would transform botany, medicine, and natural history in general.  Fuch’s De historia stirpiium (On a history of plants), a large...

David Douglas

David Douglas, a Scottish botanist, was born June 25, 1799. Douglas came from a lower class family in Scone, a town near Perth that was renowned mostly for the local manor, Scone Palace. Douglas managed to acquire a modest…

Tomitaro Makino

Tomitaro Makino, a Japanese botanist, was born Apr. 24, 1862. Makino is usually referred to as the father of Japanese botany, because he named and described so many plants, and because he applied Linnaean principles in his taxonomic work. He published the Illustrated Flora of Japan in 1940, an encyclopedic work that describes and illustrates over 6000 plants, six to a page for over 1000 pages. We have a second edition (1955) in the Library, from which the above images were taken, and we would like to add a first edition to our collections…