Philip Barker Webb

Philip Barker Webb ( * July 10, 1793 in Milford, Surrey; † August 31, 1854 in Paris ) was an English botanist. Its official botanical author abbreviation is " Webb ".

Life and work

Philip Barker Webb was born into a wealthy aristocratic family. His father was Philip Smith Webb, his mother Hannah was the daughter of Sir Robert Barker, who in turn was the great-grandson of Philip Carteret Webb ( 1702-1770 ).

Webb attended the private boys' school ( "independent school" ) Harrow School in northwest London Borough of Harrow. Then he went to Christ Church College, Oxford University, where he studied languages ​​, botany and geology, and in 1815 the Bachelor of Arts received. He botanized in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. An expedition to Brazil took him to the Canary Islands, where he remained a long time on the way back from Brazil and to the study of the Canarian flora devoted. To designate the geographical character of the flora of the Canary Islands and surrounding islands and coastal regions of Morocco, he coined the term Macaronesia. Webb wrote about the natural history of the countries that he visited.

On March 25, 1824 Webb was elected as a member ( "Fellow" ) to the Royal Society, however, was removed from the list of members in the same year. He was also a member of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Linnean Society of London and the Geological Society of London.

Webb suffered in Paris in 1854 at the throat and died soon after.


  • Together with Sabin Berthelot and Alfred Moquin - Tandon: L' Histoire Naturelle des Îles Canaries, 9 volumes, Paris 1836-1844.
  • Iter hispaniense. In 1838.
  • Otia hispanica .... In 1839 and 1853.