Authorised form of nameHosack; David (1769 - 1835)
Dates1769 - 1835
Dates and placesBirth:
44 Frankfurt Street, New York, New York (31 August 1769)
New York, New York, USA (22 December 1835)
Research Field:
Botany, medicine
Columbia College; Princeton University. BA, MD (1791, Pennsylvania)
Came to Britain; became friendly with Sir James Edward Smith (FRS 1785); took a large collection of minerals when he returned to America; Professor of Botany, Columbia (1795); Professor of Materia Medica, Columbia (1797); founded the Elgin Botanic Garden in 4 acres of land bought from the city of New York (1801); garden was purchased by the State (1810); Hosackia in botany is named after him; had a large medical practice in New York; Professor of Surgery and Midwifery, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York (1807-1826); died of apoplexy caused by exposure to extreme cold; his widow bequeathed $70,000 for the main hall of the New York Academy of Medicine
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsEldest son of Alexander Hosack originally of Elgin, Scotland, and his wife Jane, daughter of Francis Arden of New York
Bulloch's Roll; DAB; DSB
Proc Roy Soc 1836 No 27 p 437
Royal Society codeNA7454
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1816/04Hosack, David: certificate of election to the Royal Society
L&P/10/82/2Plate, 'Rays which fall upon the lenses' by David Hosack1794
L&P/10/82Paper, 'Observations on vision' by David Hosack1793
L&P/10/82/1Paper, 'Observations on vision' by David Hosack1794
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