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David Don (21 December 1799 – 15 December 1841) was a Scottish botanist. David Don was born on 21 December 1799 at Doo Hillock, Forfar, Angus, Scotland. He was the younger brother of George Don, also a botanist, their parents being George Don of Forfar
Forfar
and his wife Caroline Clementina Stuart. George Don (senior) was for a long time Curator of the Royal Botanic Garden, Leith Walk, Edinburgh. David was Professor of Botany at King's College London
King's College London
from 1836 to 1841, and librarian at the Linnean Society of London
Linnean Society of London
from 1822 to 1841. He described several of the major conifers discovered in the period, including first descriptions of Coast Redwood
Coast Redwood
(Taxodium sempervirens D. Don; now Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl.), Bristlecone Fir (Pinus bracteata D. Don, now Abies bracteata (D. Don) A. Poit.), Grand Fir (Pinus grandis Douglas ex D. Don; now Abies grandis (Douglas ex D. Don) Lindl.) and Coulter Pine
Coulter Pine
(Pinus coulteri D. Don), and was the first to treat Sugi
Sugi
(Cupressus japonica Thunb.; now Cryptomeria japonica (Thunb.) D. Don) in a new genus. He also named the orchid genus Pleione in 1825. David Don was librarian to the botanist Aylmer Bourke Lambert
Aylmer Bourke Lambert
and compiled for him, Prodromus florae nepalensis ... London, J. Gale, 1825, based on collections made by the botanists Francis Hamilton and Nathaniel Wallich
Nathaniel Wallich
of the Calcutta Botanic Garden. In 1938 the London County Council
London County Council
marked Don at 32 Soho Square
Soho Square
with a rectangular stone plaque, commemorating him as well as botanists Joseph Banks
Joseph Banks
and Robert Brown and meetings of the Linnean Society.[1] The standard author abbreviation D.Don is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[2] References[edit]

 Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1888). "Don, David". Dictionary of National Biography. 15. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

^ "BANKS, SIR JOSEPH (1743-1820), BROWN, ROBERT (1773-1858), DON, DAVID (1800-1841)". English Heritage. Retrieved 22 March 2013.  ^ IPNI.  D.Don. 

External links[edit]

View digitized titles by David Don in Botanicus.org Obituary of David Don

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 31576956 LCCN: no95009630 ISNI: 0000 0000 5378 7733 GND: 117650595 SELIBR: 257514 SUDOC: 085210544 Botanist: D.

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