Authorised form of nameHooker; Sir; William Jackson (1785 - 1865); botanist
ForenamesWilliam Jackson
Dates1785 - 1865
Dates and placesBirth:
Norwich, Norfolk, England (06 July 1785)
Kew, Surrey (12 August 1865)
ActivityResearch Field:
Norwich School
Inherited landed property and devoted himself to natural science; made botanical excursions to Iceland (1809), France, Switzerland and Northern Italy (1814); Regius Professor of Botany, University of Glasgow (1820); first Director, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (1841-1865), placed his vast botanical collections there; died of a disease of the throat
Kt 1836
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsSon of Joseph Hooker, in business in Norwich, and his wife Lydia; married (12 June 1815) Maria, eldest daughter of Dawson Turner (FRS 1802); father of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (FRS 1847)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Proc Roy Soc 1866-1867 vol 15 pp xxv-xxx
Gudrun Richardson, 'A Norfolk Network within the Royal Society' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 27-39, plate
R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 2. After 1847' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 47-84
Royal Society codeNA3321
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1811/19Hooker, Sir William Jackson: certificate of election to the Royal Society
V/016Hooker, William
MM/18/27Letter from Maull & Co to Walter White, Assistant Secretary, Royal Society23 April 1866
MS/710/53Letter from William Jackson Hooker, Royal Gardens, Kew, to [Robert Were Fox]7 June 1856
IM/Maull/002236Hooker, Sir William Jacksonnd
IM/Maull/005903Hooker, Sir William Jacksonnd
IM/005904Hooker, Sir William Jacksonnd
CMB/42/3/5Report by William J Hooker, Director of the Royal Gardens, Kew June 1857
IM/002239Hooker, Sir William Jacksonnd
IM/002238Hooker, Sir William Jacksonnd
M/254Hooker, Sir William Jackson
IM/002237Hooker, Sir William Jacksonnd
NLB/13/377Copy letter from Michael Foster, to Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker6 August 1896
NLB/13/342Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, Fellow of the Royal Society29 July 1896
NLB/19/608Copy letter from the Secretary of the Royal Society, to Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, Fellow of the Royal Society10 November 1899
MC/4/1Copy letter to W J Hooker from Gilbert Elliot, 2nd Earl of Minto4 January 1844
MS/426/593Copy letter from W [William] Sharpey, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Captain [Francis] McClintock R N6 June 1857
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