Daniel Solander


Swedish son of a Lutheran rector, Solander entered the University of Uppsala in 1750 for a legal career, but time spent with Linnaeus diverted him to natural science. Solander was Linnaeus’ next star student and assisted him in cataloguing several natural history collections. Solander worked in England at the British Museum before becoming Joseph Banks’ librarian and attending naturalist on many voyages.

Right: HI Archives portrait no. 3.

Sir Joseph Banks (1743–1820) and Daniel Charles Solander (1733–1782). Illustrations of Australian Plants Collected in 1770 during Captain Cook’s Voyage round the World in H.M.S. Endeavour … (London, 1900–1905).

After accompanying Banks as a naturalist on Cook’s voyage around the world, Solander worked to prepare these scientific results of the expedition, which would be published more than a century after his death.

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