Carte de visite photograph by the London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company of Lindley (1799-1865). Lindley's 1828 report on the Royal Gardens at Kew saved the gardens from destruction, and the Royal Botanic Gardens were created there. He was the first profesor of botany at the University of London (1829-1860), and asistant librarian to the botanist Joseph Banks. He was later profesor of botany at Cambridge University. As one of Britain's foremost botanists, he described the plants from Mitchell's (1792-1855) expeditions to Australia (1838), and those of Drummond and Molloy from Western Australia. Lindley's chief publications were on orchids, and he also produced 'The Vegetable Kingdom' (1846).
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