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Grew, Nehemiah (1641-1712).

The anatomy of plants, With an idea of a philosophical history of plants, and several other lectures, read before the Royal Society.

London Printed by W. Rawlins, for the author, 1682.

"This is Nehemiah Grew's Magnum Opus. Grew, with Malpighi, was the founder of plant anatomy. To give any kind of short summary of Grew's botanical work is well nigh impossible. Some men are remembered for individual discoveries, Nehemniah Grew was remembered because, contemporaneously with Malpighi, he actually created the science of plant anatomy-a subject which, before his day, was practically non-existent. Modern botanists, conscious how small an addition to the fabric is now regarded as a satisfactory life work, must stand amazed and somewhat humbled before the broad and sound foundation laid by this seventeenth century physician" (Arber Nehemiah Grew in Makers of British Botany, Cambridge, 1913).

"Nehemiah Grew was born in Coventry and educated at Cambridge, where he received his B.A. in 1661. He studied medicine at Leyden and graduated there in 1671. Returning to England, he became interested in botany, especially in the anatomy of plants, having had his attention turned to this subject by his study of human and comparative anatomy. In 1671, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society and, in 1682, published his Anatomy of Plants. Grew was the founder of structural and physiological botany and the discoverer of the sexual system in plants" (A History of Medicine, Ralph H. Major).

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