Biography of George Arnott
George Arnott Walker Arnott (1799-1868) was Regius Professor of Botany from 1845 until his death in 1868. He was Vice Rector in 1855.
A graduate of the University of Edinburgh (MA, 1813), Arnott trained as a lawyer before turning to Botany. He studied at the Paris herbaria and published two papers on mosses; collaborated with William Hooker collecting speciments in the Highlands, and worked with the Professor over ten years to decscribe the plants collected by Captain Beechey during his voyage to the Pacific and the Bering Strait. In 1839, he took Hooker's place to deliver the summer season lectures at the Botanic Gardens in Sandyford in Glasgow, and in December 1845 he was appointed to replace John Hutton Balfour as Regius Professor.
Arnott's herbarium and his diatom collection were acquired by the University after his death. The genus Arnottia was named for him.