Sir William Jackson Hooker
Biography of Sir William Jackson Hooker
William Jackson Hooker
The Hooker Chair of Botany is named for William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865), Regius Professor of Botany at the University from 1820 until 1841.
Born in Norwich, Hooker inherited a large estate in 1806 and devoted his life to the study of botany. He was appointed to the University chair in 1820 and awarded an LLD the following year.
Hooker left the University in 1841 to become Director of the Royal Gardens at Kew.
- Honorary Graduate