William Jack (botanist)

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William Jack
Born 1795
Aberdeen, Scotland
Died 15 September 1822[1] (aged 27-28)
Bencoolen, Sumatra
Nationality British
Fields medicine, botany

William Jack (1795, Aberdeen – 1822, Bencoolen, Sumatra) was a Scottish botanist.

Jack was employed by the East India Company as a surgeon in India, where he also studied botany and corresponded extensively with Nathaniel Wallich.[2] In 1818 he accompanied Stamford Raffles to Sumatra where he extensively documented the rich flora of that region until his death in 1822.[2] Much of his work, including manuscripts, drawings, and collections were destroyed by fire in 1824.[2]

Three plant genera are named after him:[3]

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