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John Forbes Royle


Surgeon and naturalist. Assistant surgeont to the East India Company. Superintendent of the botanic garden in Saharanpur, India, 1823–31. Professor of materia medica, King’s College, London, 1836. In charge of the East India House correspondence relating to vegetable productions, 1838. A founder of the Philosophical Club of the Royal Society, 1847. FRS 1837.


R. Desmond 1994



Desmond, Ray. 1994. Dictionary of British and Irish botanists and horticulturists including plant collectors, flower painters and garden designers. New edition, revised with the assistance of Christine Ellwood. London: Taylor & Francis and the Natural History Museum. Bristol, Pa.: Taylor & Francis.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.