Nehemiah Grew – Botanist

From Today is Science History

Nehemiah Grew, baptised 26 Sep 1641; died 25 Mar 1712
English botanist whose naked-eye and one of the early practitioners of microscopic observations made major advances in knowledge of plant anatomy and plant morphology. He published his work in The Anatomy of Plants (1682). He took a particular interest in determining the physiological nature of the tissues. He observed the pourous structure of plant tissue, suggested that flowers have a sexual function, and was first to use the term “comparative anatomy.” His significant contibutions rank Grew as one of the founders of the scientific study of plant anatomy.

– See his scanned book, The Anatomy of Plants, at Botanicus
– His biography from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.


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