Joseph Banks

Botanist and explorer Joseph Banks Full Name: Joseph Banks


Profession: Botanist and explorer
Why Famous: As the ship's botanist on James Cook's first great voyage of discovery on board the Endeavour (1768-71)

Born: February 13, 1743
Star Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Died: June 19, 1820 (aged 77)

Married Life

  • 1779-03-23 Botanist Joseph Banks (36) weds Dorothea Hugessen

Historical Events in the Life of Joseph Banks

  • 1768-08-25 Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England, on his first voyage on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean
  • 1770-04-28 British Captain James Cook, aboard the Endeavour, lands at Botany Bay in Australia
  • 1771-07-12 James Cook sails Endeavour back to Downs, England
  • 1800-03-20 Alessandro Volta reports his discovery of the electric battery in a letter to Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London

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