John George Champion
John George Champion (1815–1854) was an English soldier, botanist, and explorer.
He was gazetted ensign in the 95th regiment in 1831, and embarked for foreign service in 1838, having then attained the rank of captain. After a stay in the Ionian Isles, his duties took him to Ceylon, and thence in 1847 to Hong Kong. He collected a great variety of plants from China, and he came back to England in 1850.
He came back in front of the Crimea combat, commanding the 95th Regiment, and he died in the Scutari hospital, on 30 November 1854 due to injuries received while he commanded his Regiment in the battle of Inkerman.
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On his honour were named more than seventy species, among themselves:
- (Acanthaceae) Ecbolium championii Kuntze
- (Acanthaceae) Justicia championii T.Anderson ex Benth.
- (Aristolochiaceae) Aristolochia championii Merr. & Chun
- (Boraginaceae) Ehretia championii Wight & Gardner ex C.B.Clarke
- (Fagaceae) Cyclobalanopsis championii Oerst.
- (Rubiaceae) Neurocalyx championii Benth. ex Thwaites
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Jackson, Benjamin Daydon (1887). "Champion, John George". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography 10. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- Troyer, JR. 1979. The natural history publications of John George Champion (1815–1854), soldier and botanist. JSBNH 9 (2): 125–131 (abril de 1979)
- Data related to John George Champion at Wikispecies