The Info List - John Ellis (naturalist)

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John Ellis FRS (c. 1710 – 15 October 1776) was a British linen merchant and naturalist. Ellis was the first to have a published written description of the Venus flytrap
Venus flytrap
and its botanical name. Ellis specialised in the study of corals. He was elected a member of the Royal Society
Royal Society
in 1754 and in the following year published An essay towards the Natural History of the Corallines. He was awarded the Copley Medal in 1767. His A Natural History of Many Uncommon and Curious Zoophytes, written with Daniel Solander, was published posthumously in 1776. Ellis was appointed Royal Agent for British West Florida
British West Florida
in 1764, and for British Dominica in 1770. He exported many seeds and native plants from North America to England. He corresponded with many botanists, including Carl Linnaeus.


1 Taxonomist

1.1 Venus's Fly-trap

2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Taxonomist[edit] Venus's Fly-trap[edit]

Plate from John Ellis’ "A Botanical Description of the Dionaea Muscipula".

A royal botanist, William Young imported living plants of the Venus flytrap to England. They were then shown to Ellis. In 1769, he wrote a description of the plant discovery from North Carolina to send to the Father of Taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus. Ellis also gave it the scientific name of "Dionaea muscipula". Later, his essay Directions for bringing over seeds and plants, from the East Indies (1770) included the first illustration of a Venus Flytrap
Venus Flytrap
plant.[1] The standard author abbreviation J.Ellis is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[2] See also[edit]

Arthur Dobbs Peter Collinson


^ Directions for Bringing over Seeds and Plants, from the East Indies and Other Distant Countries, in a State of Vegetation: - Together with a Catalogue of Such Foreign Plants as Are Worthy of Being Encouraged in Our American Colonies, for the Purposes of Medicine, Agriculture, and Commerce. To Which is Added, the Figure and Botanical Description of a New Sensitive Plant, Called Dionaea muscipula: or, Venus's Fly-trap (London, printed and sold by L. Davis, 1770). ^ IPNI.  J.Ellis. 

External links[edit] Ellis, John (1773) Directions for bringing over seeds and plants, from the East-Indies and other distant countries - digital facsimile from Linda Hall Library

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Copley Medallists (1751–1800)

John Canton
John Canton
(1751) John Pringle
John Pringle
(1752) Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
(1753) William Lewis (1754) John Huxham
John Huxham
(1755) Charles Cavendish (1757) John Dollond
John Dollond
(1758) John Smeaton
John Smeaton
(1759) Benjamin Wilson (1760) John Canton
John Canton
(1764) William Brownrigg / Edward Delaval
Edward Delaval
/ Henry Cavendish
Henry Cavendish
(1766) John Ellis (1767) Peter Woulfe (1768) William Hewson (1769) William Hamilton (1770) Matthew Raper (1771) Joseph Priestley
Joseph Priestley
(1772) John Walsh (1773) Nevil Maskelyne
Nevil Maskelyne
(1775) James Cook
James Cook
(1776) John Mudge
John Mudge
(1777) Charles Hutton
Charles Hutton
(1778) Samuel Vince
Samuel Vince
(1780) William Herschel
William Herschel
(1781) Richard Kirwan
Richard Kirwan
(1782) John Goodricke
John Goodricke
/ Thomas Hutchins (1783) Edward Waring
Edward Waring
(1784) William Roy
William Roy
(1785) John Hunter (1787) Charles Blagden
Charles Blagden
(1788) William Morgan (1789) James Rennell
James Rennell
/ Jean-André Deluc
Jean-André Deluc
(1791) Benjamin Thompson
Benjamin Thompson
(1792) Alessandro Volta
Alessandro Volta
(1794) Jesse Ramsden
Jesse Ramsden
(1795) George Atwood (1796) George Shuckburgh-Evelyn
George Shuckburgh-Evelyn
/ Charles Hatchett
Charles Hatchett
(1798) John Hellins (1799) Edward Charles Howard (1800)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 100190716 LCCN: n82207962 ISNI: 0000 0001 0928 5784 GND: 119507331 SELIBR: 170904 SUDOC: 072308176 BNF: cb150285953 (data) Botanist: J.El


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