Asa Gray, 1884

Asa Gray (1810-1888) was a botanist, born in Sanquoit, New York. In 1842 he was appointed to the faculty at Harvard University, where he established a botany department. His friend Charles Darwin wrote to him in 1857, a now famous letter, outlining his views on the evolution of species by natural selection. Gray was Darwin’s chief American advocate. Numerous books, texts, and articles were written by Gray, especially on North American botany.



Bronze, 35 1/2 x 27 inches (90.17 x 68.58 cm.),
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA