Robbins, James Watson

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Biographical History

James W. Robbins (1801-1879) was born in Colebrook, Connecticut. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Yale University. He practiced medicine in Massachusetts and was an amateur botanist, collecting plants in New England, Virginia, Maryland, areas near Lake Superior, and Cuba. Near the end of his life he mainly focused on the study of "aquatic phaenogamous plants," especially Potamogeton.


  • Robbins, James Watson (1801-1879). In JStor Plant Science. Accessed April 3, 2012 at:
  • Harvard University Herbarium Botanist Index. ASA Botanist ID: 116361 botanist. Retrieved April 3, 1012.

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