Britton, Nathaniel Lord, 1859-1934

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Dates:
Birth 1859-01-15
Death 1934-06-25
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Nathaniel Britton worked on plant varieties from Central and South America.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Field Book Project: Person : Description : rid_170_pid_EACP167

Nathaniel Lord Britton (1857-1934) was a leading founder and first Director of the New York Botanical Garden. He was born at New Dorp, Staten Island, N.Y. He received his Ph.D. in Geology from Columbia College in 1881 where he studied with John Strong Newberry. In 1886 he was named Professor of Geology and Botany at Columbia. From 1890 through the 1920's, Britton was a leading figure in the Torrey Botanical Club. In 1892 Britton presented his system of nomenclature, called "The American Code". As a botanical explorer, Britton traveled to the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Colombia, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the other West Indies. His primary field was Cactaceae. He married the bryologist Elizabeth Gertrude Knight in 1885. He died in the Bronx, N.Y. in 1934.

From the description of Nathaniel Lord Britton records, 1875-1934. (New York State Historical Documents). WorldCat record id: 155483368

Nathaniel Lord Britton (1857-1934) was the founder and first Director of the New York Botanical Garden. He was born at New Dorp, Staten Island, N.Y. He received his Ph. D. in Geology from Columbia College in 1881 where he studied with John Strong Newberry. In 1886 he was named Professor of Geology and Botany at Columbia. From 1890 through the 1920's Britton was a leading figure in the Torrey Botanical Club. In 1892 Britton presented his system of nomenclature, called "The American Code". As a botanical explorer, Britton traveled to the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Colombia, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the other West Indies. His primary field was Cactaceae. He wrote or co-wrote floras of Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Staten Island, and the Bronx. His illustrated flora of the northern United States and Canada is still in print. He married the bryologist Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton in 1885. He died at Bronx, N.Y. in 1934.

From the description of Nathaniel Lord Britton records 1875-1934. (New York Botanical Garden). WorldCat record id: 42369426

Botanist.

Britton was a co-founder of the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences.

From the description of Britton, Nathaniel Lord, 1859-1934 papers, 1762-1935. (New York State Historical Documents). WorldCat record id: 155571382

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Subjects:

  • Natural history
  • Ecology
  • cactus
  • Botany

Occupations:

  • Botanists

Places:

  • Florida (as recorded)
  • Colorado (as recorded)
  • Jamaica (as recorded)
  • Canada (as recorded)
  • Andros Island (Bahamas) (as recorded)
  • Jamaica (as recorded)
  • Bahamas (as recorded)
  • Bahamas (as recorded)
  • Andros Island (Bahamas) (as recorded)
  • Cuba (as recorded)
  • Cuba (as recorded)
  • Florida (as recorded)