Banks, Sir Joseph

Banks, Sir Joseph

Banks, Sir Joseph, 1743-1820, British naturalist and patron of the sciences. He accompanied Capt. James Cook on his voyage around the world and made large collections of biological specimens, most of which were previously unclassified. Botany Bay was named on this voyage. In 1772, Banks went on an expedition to Iceland. From c.1762 until his death, he was the chief influence in inaugurating and directing the policies that made Kew Gardens an important botanical center for encouraging exploration and experimentation. In 1766 he was elected to the Royal Society, and he served as its president from 1778 until his death. The plant genus Banksia was named for him.

See studies by H. C. Cameron (1952, repr. 1966), A. M. Lysaght (1971), and A. Wulf (2009).

The Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory in Lincoln, UK is named after the British explorer and naturalist who, as long-time president of the Royal Society, became known for his promotion of science.

About The Conservatory

The Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory is a tropical house themed with plants and reminiscent of the voyages of its namesake, Sir Joseph Banks. A gift shop is located at the entrance to the tropical conservatory. The conservatory pond is home to the worlds largest Koi, a specimen known as Fish Zilla.

The Conservatory is situated in the grounds of The Lawn, which are a popular green haven and venue for many summer activities. The John Dawber walled garden is another popular attribute of The Lawn Visitor Centre.

The Lawn in Lincoln is situated on Union Road, Lincoln, UK (off Burton Road).

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