David Don (21 December 1799 – 15 December 1841) was a Scottish
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 and his wife Caroline
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
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 (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 (Pinus coulteri D. Don), and was the
first to treat
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 of the Calcutta Botanic Garden.
In 1938 the
London County Council
London County Council marked Don at 32
Soho Square with a
rectangular stone plaque, commemorating him as well as botanists
Joseph Banks and Robert Brown and meetings of the Linnean Society.
The standard author abbreviation D.Don is used to indicate this person
as the author when citing a botanical name.
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.
View digitized titles by
David Don in Botanicus.org
Obituary of David Don
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