Librarian of the Linnean Society
On this day in 1805, the botanist Robert Brown returned from a four-year expedition to Australia after having found thousands of new plant species.
His work brought him fame and professional opportunities. Brown became the librarian of the Linnean Society. His knowledge of new plant species made it possible for him to write breakthrough papers and books that had to do with plant classification and Australian flora.
Brown also became the Librarian for the Banks herbarium, and he enjoyed the friendship and trust of Joseph Banks. When Banks died in 1820, he left everything to Brown - his herbarium, his library, and even his house.