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Charles Baron Clarke


Botanist. BA, University of Cambridge, 1856. Lecturer in mathematics, Queen’s College, Cambridge, 1858–65. In 1865, entered the Bengal civil service, where he worked as an inspector of schools. Collected plants in India. Superintendent, Calcutta botanical gardens, 1869–71. While on leave and later special assignment in England, worked on Joseph Dalton Hooker’s Flora of British India, 1877–83. Returned to India in 1883 and held various posts until his retirement in 1887, after which he worked as a volunteer at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, until his death. FRS 1882.




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.