Nathaniel Wallich

Nathaniel Wallich

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  • Nathaniel Wallich was born with the name Nathan ben Wulff, in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1786
  • He started University at 15 studying veterinary medicine and botany before transferring to a medical program. In 1806 he graduated and became a surgeon. 
  • When Nathaniel was 20, he traveled to India. He lived and worked in South East Asia until he was 61 years old.
  • While in India, Nathaniel worked as a botanist, studying and cataloging hundreds of plants. He would send samples back to England for further study.
  • Over his lifetime, Nathaniel collected more than 20,000 plant species known as the Wallich Catalogue. This collection is part of the Royal Botanical Gardens in London. Nathaniel died in 1847, 7 years after he returned to London from South East Asia.
  • Nathaniel Wallich is actually Miss Daigneault's Great-Great-Great-Great- Great-Great-Grandfather!
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