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Scientist William Aiton

Aiton, William, (1731-1793). Scottish botanist. Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew England between 1759-1792; Aiton was born near Hamilton. Having been regularly trained to the profession of a gardener, he travelled to London in 1754, and became assistant to Philip Miller, then superintendent of the Chelsea Physic Garden. In 1759 he was appointed director of the newly established botanical garden at Kew, where he remained until his death. He effected many improvements at the gardens, and in 1789 he published Hortus Kewensis, a catalogue of the plants there cultivated. Wrote with the help of Solander Hortus Kewensis, 1789.

A second and enlarged edition of the Hortus was brought out in 1810-1813 by his eldest son,


Aiton, W. (1789), Hortus Kewensis. London. Ed. 1. 1789. Ed. II 1810-1813.

-- BobPries - 2012-05-18
Topic revision: r1 - 15 Nov 2013, BobPries
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