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Robert Brown
Family Name: Brown  Variant Spellings:  
Given Names: Robert
DOB 21 December 1773
DOD 10 June 1858 
Place of Birth: Montrose, Scotland
Place of Death: London, England 
Age at Death: 84
Other Occupations: Botanist
Voyages: HMS "Investigator" arr. NSW 8 May 1802
Came out as:  
Date Settled Aus: 1801
Date of Departure: 1805 
First Registered:
Off Register:  
Addresses: Scotland
  • Ireland 1795
  • New South Wales 1802
  • London 1805 onwards
  • Positions Held: Assistant Surgeon, Fifeshire Regiment of Fencibles, 1795
  • Naturalist on "Investigator" 1801-1805
  • President of the Linnaean Society
  • Publications:
    Notes: The most famous botanist of his day
  • Circumnavigated Australia with Matthew Flinders 1802-3. Travelled extensively in Australia.
  • Brunonia australia, Brunoniella spp. and Rumex brownii named after him
  • He was one of two discoverers of Brownian motion, the random movement of microscopic particles suspended in a fluid, named after him
  • Acknowledgments:
    References: Australian Dictionary of Biography
  • Dictionary of National Biography
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, 10th ed. Wiley, 2008
  • Cleland JB. Naturalist in medicine with particular reference to Australia. Medical Journal of Australia 1950;i:549-63
  • Pearn J. Medicine and Botany. Brisbane, 1990
  • Pearn J. Doctor in the garden. Brisbane, 2001
  • Robert Brown, naturalist of Flinders's Investigator. Medical Journal of Australia 1974;ii:118
  • Late Dr Robert Brown. Sydney Morning Herald 20 August 1858 [reproduces a long obituary from The Times]
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