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Bust of George Engelmann

By Paul T. Granlund
Category: Bust


George Engelmann (1809-1884), known as the godfather of the Missouri Botanical Gardens, was a German physician who emigrated to the United States and became scientific advisor to Henry Shaw on the advice of Sir William Hooker, head of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. A world famous botanist, Engelmann practiced medicine by day and studied plants by night. Nearly all private and government expeditions to the West brought him plants that he identified and sent to scientists in the Eastern United States and Europe. He named half of the species of cacti found in the United States and was an authority on conifers and grapes. He was also a founding member of the National Academy of Science.

Dimensions: 3′ x 2′ x 2′
Year Completed: 2000
Material: Bronze
Owner: Missouri Botanical Garden

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