Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Thomas Nuttall


From www.lewis-clark.org

Thomas Nuttall was born in Long Preston in Yorkshire on January 5, 1786. He moved to America in 1808, and stayed until 1841. Thanks to the encouragement of Benjamin Smith Barton, Nuttall changed professions from a printer to a naturalist.

3 comments:

Keith said...

All this talk of early naturalists reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: "On the banks of this lake [Lake Michigan] as well as the other lakes about here grows a cherry called the sand cherry which grows on a small bush not larger that sweetfern bushes. The fruit, about as large as a small musket ball when full ripe, is black and of a very good taste and the best I ever yet saw to put into spiritous liquours." (The Journals of Jonathan Carver, p.74. Ed. By John Parker, 1976, Minn. Hist. Soc. Press). [Yay for spiritous liquours!]

Craig said...

I assume that Thomas Nuttall responsible for naming the Nuttall Oak

Scott said...

Quercus nuttallii (now Q. texana) was named for, not by, Thomas Nuttall in 1927.