Robert Brown yellow plaque in Aberdeen

Robert Brown FRS FLS 1773-1858
Botanist and Alumnus of this University
Discoverer of the Nucleus of the Plant Cell and of Brownian Motion
Erected in 2005, Einstein Year, to mark the link between the works of Robert Brown and Albert Einstein

Robert Brown FRSE FRS FLS MWS (21 December 1773 – 10 June 1858) was a Scottish botanist and palaeobotanist who made important contributions to botany largely through his pioneering use of the microscope. His contributions include one of the earliest detailed descriptions of the cell nucleus and cytoplasmic streaming; the observation of Brownian motion; early work on plant pollination and fertilisation, including being the first to recognise the fundamental difference between gymnosperms and angiosperms; and some of the earliest studies in palynology. He also made numerous contributions to plant taxonomy, including the erection of a number of plant families that are still accepted today; and numerous Australian plant genera and species, the fruit of his exploration of that continent with Matthew Flinders.

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