Book ID: 113792
The Robert Brown Handbook: A Guide to the life and work of Robert Brown 1773 - 1858.Scottish Botanist. Publ. 2022. (Regnum Vegetabile, 160). ilus. 624 p. gr8vo. Hardcover.(ISBN 978-3-946583-37-0)
In the middle of the nineteenth century, Robert Brown (1773 - 1858) was considered a scientific titan and dubbed ‘Jupiter Botanicus’, the greatest botanist of his time, with broad interests in plant science. Yet today, beyond Brownian Movement and the ‘R.Br.’ after hundreds of plant-names,
he and his ground-breaking work are little appreciated, largely because, on the one hand, his pioneering discoveries have become a familiar part of mainstream biology and, on the other, his work was to be sidelined by his botanical successors bent on pure systematics and inventory as part
of the British imperial endeavour.
This book is an attempt to draw together for the first time published materials on Brown’s work with information contained in his unpublished manuscripts and associated specimens, predominantly those in the Natural History Museum London. In the first part, there is a sketch of his life, an eponymy, a list of his publications and an account of his botanical manuscripts in the Natural History Museum London. The second part is devoted to a catalogue of Brown’s new names with types, modern disposition and supplementary notes.
Of the total of 3582 of Brown’s published names (18 orders, 56 families, 21 tribes and subfamilies, 440 genera, 33 sections or other infrageneric ranks, 2975 species and 39 infraspecific names), including 2 new genera (stat.
nov.) 274 new combinations, i.e., 273 species and 1 variety, and 191 nomina nova, i.e. 1 bird, 7 fungi, 35 ‘algae’, 32 bryophytes, 116 ‘pteridophytes’ (including fossil taxa), 21 gymnosperms and 3364 angiosperms, in current use are 1771 Brown names (4 orders, 36 families - still recognized by APG IV, etc., 10 tribes and subfamilies, 299 genera, 5
sections or other infrageneric ranks, 1265 species (1107 of them Australian), besides 154 of his new combinations and nomina nova (57 of them Australian), while 700 are the basionyms of names in current use (7 families, 5 tribes and subfamilies, 7 genera, 8 sections or other infrageneric
names, 668 species and 8 infraspecific names, 559 of them being Australian).
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