Paul Scott provides a review of the evidence linking Joseph Banks (1743-1820) to the rise of manufacturing and industry in Britain and beyond in the late-18th and early-19th century.
It is well known how Joseph Banks became famous, due to his voyage accompanying Captain James Cook on their voyage to Australia on board the Endeavour. His later contributions in the field of botany and collections at Kew Gardens are also well documented as is his influence on the creation of Australia as a British colony. However, there is much less published material concerning his contribution to manufacturing and industry.
During his time Britain, Joseph Banks went from a pre-industrial agricultural society to mechanical production. His letters demonstrate his infuence on development in the era.