George King (botanist)

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Sir George King (12 April 1840 - 12 February 1909), was a British botanist appointed superintendent of the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta in 1871, and the first Director of the Botanical Survey of India from 1890. King was awarded the Linnean Medal in 1901.

Species described by him include the climbing fig Ficus pantoniana from New Guinea and northern Australia.[2] This botanist is denoted by the author abbreviation King when citing a botanical name.[3]

Sir George King, KCIE, FRS, LLD, MB, died in San Remo Italy and was buried there. He had been born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, and graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1865. There is a memorial plaque to both him and his wife in St Machar's Cathedral, Old Aberdeen.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh owns a bronze medallion portrait of him by W Bowshen, which was once King's own replica of the original presented to the Zoological Garden, Calcutta.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Author Query for 'King'". International Plant Names Index. 
  2. ^ King, G. (1887). "Part 2. Natural history". Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 55 (2): 407. 
  3. ^ Brummitt, R. K.; C. E. Powell (1992). Authors of Plant Names. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ISBN 1-84246-085-4.