John Macoun (1831–1920)

JohnMacoun.jpgPhoto credit - Natural Resources CanadaBorn in Ontario, Canada, John Macoun was a professor of botany at Albert College in Belleville, ON. He collected extensively in that area and eventually became the head botanist of the national museum in Ottawa. His collecting, traveling and research led to his publishing the Catalogue of Canadian Plants in 1883. In the preface to his book, Macoun (1883) pays tribute to McGill's herbarium by mentioning that "[its] collections are from all parts of Canada, but chiefly from Quebec, and are of great scientific interest” (vi).

The Macoun centennial collection is currently housed at McGill University Herbarium, including a large number of sheets from geological and natural history surveys that were conducted across Canada.