Thomas Nuttall

Thomas Nuttall ( born January 5, 1786 in Long Preston at Settle in Yorkshire, † September 10, 1859 in Nutgrove at Rainhill in Lancashire ) was an English botanist and zoologist. Its official botanical author abbreviation is " Nutt. ".

Nuttall was a few years printer in England, before emigrating to the United States. In Philadelphia, he made ​​the acquaintance of Benjamin Smith Barton, who encouraged him to study botany and plant collector to be.

After extensive travel within North America Nuttall worked from 1836 to 1841 at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. After Nuttall several taxa are named, such as the Yellow -billed Magpie ( Pica nuttalli ) or the mountain cottontail rabbits ( Sylvilagus nuttallii ).


  • The genera of North American plants, 1818
  • New genera and species of plants, 1840
  • The North American sylva, 1842-1849.


  • Robert Zander, Fritz Encke, Günther Buchheim, Siegmund Seybold (eds.): Handbook of Plant Names. 13th edition. Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart 1984, ISBN 3-8001-5042-5.