Description - Joseph Banks by Patrick O'Brian
This is a biography of Sir Joseph Banks, botanist, explorer, President of the Royal Society and one of Australia's founding fathers. He was among the most influential figures of the 18th and 19th centuries. As a young man, he accompanied Captain Cook on his voyage of discovery to Australia; in later years he was instrumental in establishing Kew Gardens as one of the greatest botanical centres in the world.
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Author Biography - Patrick O'Brian
Patrick O'Brian's oeuvre includes the magnificent Aubrey and Maturin novels about the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars, a biography of Picasso, and distinguished translations of Simone de Beauvoir, Andre Maurois and Jacques Soustelle. Patrick O'Brian was born in 1914 and spent his later years in France. He died in January 2000.