William Griffith (1810–1845) was a British doctor, naturalist, and botanist. Griffith's botanical publications are from India and Burma. After a brief stay in Madras, he was assigned as a Civil Surgeon to Tenasserim, Burma, where he studied local plants and made collecting trips to the Barak River valley in Assam. He explored various parts of Burma, traveling the rivers, including the Irrawadi as far as Rangoon. He visited the highlands of Sikkim, and the region of the Himalayas around Shimla. Subsequently, Griffith was appointed as Civil Surgeon in Malacca, where he died of a parasitic liver disease.
Griffith's journeys in Asia (from Makers of British Botany):
Leaves England May 1832
Arrives to Madras, India, September 1832
Leaves to Mergui and Tenasserim, Burma, in late 1832
Returns to Calcutta 1835
Spends the year 1836 in Assam, India
Leaves to Burma (Ava, Hookhoom Valley, Rangoon) early 1837
Returns to Calcutta June 1837
Collects two months at Khasia Hills, Meghalaya, India
Joins the expedition to Bhutan (Bootan)
Returns to Calcutta June 1838
Leaves for Afghanistan and Hindoo Koosh in November 1838
Griffith, William (1847) Journals of Travels in Assam Burma Bootan Affghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries Bishop's College Press, Calcutta; reprinted 2001 Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, New Delhi.
Lang, W. H. (1913) "William Griffith, 1810-1845" in Oliver, Francis W. (ed.) (1913) Makers of British Botany: A Collection of Biographies by Living Botanists Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 178-191, OCLC 5146484
Arnold, David (2006) The Tropics and the Traveling Gaze: India, Landscape, and Science, 1800-1856 University of Washington Press, Seattle, pp. 16-17, 63, 65, 67, 144, 157, 159, 167, and 171-176, ISBN 0-295-98581-X