Joseph Dalton Hooker was arguably the most important British botanist of the nineteenth century. A traveller and plant-collector, he was one of Charles Darwin’s closest friends and eventually became director of Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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(A young Charles Darwin.) “Forgive me; it’s just that I’ve never known Joseph Woodley so excited. Proof-positive of Darwin’s Natural Selection, he tells me. This could be the greatest day of our lives.