Portrait of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker at work, by Theodore Blake Wirgman

About Joseph Hooker

Find out more about Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker - one of the most respected scientists of his day and one of the most important botanists of the 19th century.

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

Sir Joseph Hooker

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker was one of the most respected scientists of his day and one of the most important botanists of the 19th century. He is remembered as Charles Darwin's scientific confidant and Kew Gardens' most illustrious Director (1865-1885).
Watercolours of Mount Erebus by Joseph Hooker

Joseph Hooker the traveller

Joseph Hooker's first major botanical expedition was on HMS Erebus as part of Captain James Clark Ross' Antarctica expedition (1839-1843).
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Michael Palin on Hooker

Michael Palin has a passion for travelling in common with Joseph Hooker. But what struck Palin about Hooker was not so much where he had been but who he knew: everybody apparently. 

Some of the Joseph Hooker material held in Kew collection

Further reading

This page contains recommended readings for further research about Hooker and his significant contemporaries, including full bibliographic information for the works referenced throughout the biography; and a listing of archives and institutions that hold Joseph Hooker material.