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Biographical entry Howitt, Godfrey (1800 - 1873)

8 October 1800
Heanor, Derbyshire, England
4 December 1873
Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Botanist, Entomologist, Physician and Naturalist


Godfrey Howitt migrated to Melbourne with his family in 1840, became associated with the Melbourne Hospital and served on the Council of the University of Melbourne. He was a widely respected botanist and entomologist. Godfrey Howitt is commemorated in species of several genera. Ferdinand von Mueller named the genus Howittia, a native blue flowered mallow, in appreciation of his contributions to botany.



Taxonomy event - Howittia F.Muell. (1855) "Named in 1855 after Dr. Godfrey Howitt, a physician of Melbourne, interested in botany." Black, J.M.(1926) Flora of Australia 3 p. 378

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Private hands (Walker, M.H.)

  • Godfrey Howitt - Records, 1800 - 1873; Private hands (Walker, M.H.). Details

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See also

Gavan McCarthy, Christine Moje & Neville Walsh